Pay What You Weigh to Fly

Airline charging passengers by weight, including bags, says there will be no extra fees.
3:00 | 04/02/13

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passengers extra fees. How about charging you for your weight and not your suitcase, your weight? Would you fly with them? Abc's linsey davis weighs into the controversy. Reporter: And you thought taking off your shoes and removing your laptop was a hassle. One airline is now mandating that before boarding their planes, you step on a scale. That's right. Samoa air has just become the world's first airline with pay as you weigh pricing -- asking heavier passengers to fork over more money for their fares. Look. Right here, on their website, it reads, "don't worry. We will weigh you at the airport." But with more than 80% of the country of samoa considered overweight, the ceo of the airline defended the practice on australian radio. Airlines don't run on seats. They run on weight. Reporter: So now, someone weighing 130 pounds would pay half as much as someone weighing 260 pounds. But is this way of calculating airfare fair? One norwegian economist is leading the charge, calling the payment methodology "intuitive and logical," he says it could be the way of the future for airlines. Whoever thought we'd be paying more for baggage or be charged for food? Dr. Andrew dannonburg says it's a money issue. As americans have gained weight, there is an extra cost to airlines to fly those extra pounds. Reporter: With the average american gaining 1nds in the last 20 years, if you think the airlines aren't thinking about it, think again. Linsey davis, abc news, new york.

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