Aussie airlines won’t start charging extra for overweight passengers

Australian airlines are not allowed to discriminate based on weight, but does this mean your plane is unsafe to fly?

Aussie airlines won’t start charging extra for overweight passengers

Australia’s obesity crisis has led to many a suggestion that airlines should start charging extra for overweight passengers.

Pago Pago airport in Samoa is already weighing passengers in an attempt to correctly balance seating arrangements on planes. A proposal by British company Fuel Matrix suggests that passengers be individually weighed at check-in, so ground crew can more correctly estimate the fuel required for a flight.

But according to Peter O’Donohue, chief of Qantas’ 787 Dreamliner program, passengers in Australia will not be charged on a per weight basis, because airlines are not allowed to discriminate on grounds of weight, reports eGlobal Travel.

However, because the average weight of Australians is steadily increasing, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Australia’s air safety regulator, is considering adding an extra 5kg to the estimated average passenger weight, because existing regulations no longer reflect reality.

When CASA calculated its existing guidelines in 1990, just 36.5 per cent of the population was overweight. Nowadays, 67 per cent of the population fall into that category.

According to eGlobal Travel, airlines use CASA guidelines to help calculate the gross weight of an aircraft – which must be within certain limits to fly.

Do you think passengers should be weighed and charged extra? Or is this discrimination?

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    10th Sep 2019
    I'm glad they don't weigh passengers in Australia - how embarrassing
    Mrs Hedgehog
    2nd Nov 2019
    If it makes the trip safer and cheaper then, yes, weigh us all. Luggage is weighed, so perhaps an extra charge for luggage plus passenger weight for those with a combined weight above a set amount. I have had several flights where I only had half a seat because my neighbour overflowed.

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