Airline Fat Tax rears its ugly bottom again...
You remember a little while ago how that annoying Irish* airline owner was thinking of introducing a fat tax to charge the overweight more for their seat on a plane? At the time, said airline suggested that 30% of the people they asked were in favour of a charge, which is roughly the same proportion of people in the UK who are not classed as overweight**.
However, a new survey from HolidayExtras.com has reposed the question and found that the balance may be tipping in favour of a fat flight tax. 48% of respondents said they were now in favour of the tax, and over half (51%) of men questioned think a fat tax is fair.
Some proponents of the charge think it should be based on weight, as additional weight will require more fuel, thereby costing the airlines more to cover the same distance. Poor lambs. Others, however, suggest that the tax should only be levied on people who cannot fit into the airline seat without trespassing on their neighbour’s seating region. While the former could be regulated by requiring passengers to stand on a large set of speak-your-weight scales, the latter could prove even more amusing by watching people trying to squish themselves into a seat shaped size gauge. Or not. Might need to have a couple of spares and some Vaseline handy in case of wedging.
James Lewis, Head of Online Partnerships at HolidayExtras.com, said: “The world is getting fatter - and this is becoming a big issue. Being an overweight passenger affects your travelling companions, physically and financially. If we have to pay extra for excess baggage, it's only fair that we pay extra for excessive body weight.
“Sitting next to a large person on a plane can sometimes reduce the space that you have to relax, so maybe airlines should offer some of the revenue from the additional ticket cost to the person sitting next to the fat person too."
So, given that Bitterwallet reads are all lithe, toned males, what do you think about it all? Should we have a blanket weight tax or a size tax? Or should the skinny idiots who thought up this whole idea just naff off and be forcefed biscuits?
* he’s not necessarily annoying because he’s Irish, but he is annoying and he is Irish. Bit like Michael Flatley.
** in 2009 the estimated proportion was 39.9%, and we are getting fatter.