With the Director of the movie The Social Network coming under fire for a recent Tweet, I figured this is as good a time as any to talk about the topic.
Let’s first look at the Tweet.
So he is picking on overweight flight attendants…I am gonna pick on weight on airlines.
While talking about fees for overweight passengers is great, and adding fees for overweight bags is nice as well. Why don’t they just make an average weight per person + luggage, as your boarding weight, and anything above that point costs more.
For example, if the Weight Per Passenger was set at 300 pounds, everyone would be allowed that much weight on the plane.
If you weigh the average of an American (155 for women and 195 for men <Source>) you would be able to bring upwards of 100 pounds worth of luggage with you on the plane, simply for the price of your ticket.
Sure, they may still limit each bag at 50 pounds (unless you pay overages), as we don’t want to blow out the backs of the workers, but someone like me (weighing well below the average), would be allowed more poundage of luggage then someone pushing the 300 pound limits.
It’s as simple as paying for your space and gas usage on the plane.