Should airlines consider pay-as-you-weigh policy?

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Updated: 3/25/2013 5:29 pm
(KRNV,, NBC) -- NBC News is reporting a European economist is saying fliers' airplane ticket prices should be based on their weight.

In a study published in the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management this month, Bharat Bhatta suggests three possible models for airlines:

  • Fares according to actual weight, in which carriers would set a fixed rate per pound so that a person weighing 130 pounds would pay half the airfare of a 260 pound person.
  • A fixed "base fare" for average weight passengers, with airlines either charging an extra fee for heavier fliers or offering a refund to skinnier ones.
  • Three separate fares based on whether passengers are at, below, or above average weight.

Bhatta says people paying according to their weight deserve more space. 

Airline industry members say it’s not likely carriers would ever consider pricing airfare by weight.

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