Airline makes passengers 'pay what you weigh'

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Updated: 4/03/2013 11:17 am Published: 4/03/2013 11:15 am

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) - A tiny Samoa airline is giving a new reason to drop extra weight before your next trip: Tickets sold by the kilogram, not the seat.

Samoa Air planned on Wednesday to start its first international flights with a pricing model that charges based on how much passengers and their bags weigh.

There are no base fares - each kilogram (2.2 pounds) costs 93 cents to $1.06, depending on the flight.

That means the average American adult man weighing 195 pounds with a 35 pound bag would pay $97 to go one-way from Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Travelers in the region are used to stepping on scales when they fly because of small planes used between islands.

But Samoa Air is the first to charge by weight.

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nadwo - 4/3/2013 12:39 PM
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this is not right ! that would be like charging by rase its discrimination and should not be allowed. hope no one will go with this airline anymore.

t town253 - 4/3/2013 12:08 PM
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Wow that is crazy! So if a person has a medical condition or is on medications that make them gain weight then they have to pay more??? Lol we will see how long this airlines business lasts!! Crazy.....
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