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    Icon5 Call for airlines to charge 'fat tax'

    http://www.news.com.au/travel/story/...-27977,00.html

    Obebe airline passengers should be forced to pay a "fat tax" to cover the cost of transporting their excess weight. When I recently traveled back to New Zealand from the UK I had to post equipment back to the country to ensure I wasn't charged for excess baggage. Essentially there was myself 73kg, my checkin luggage 19kg and my carry on luggage about 5kg. Which adds up to less than 100kg. Because of my healthy lifestyle, and general good attitude towards life, which traditionally begins with 2 pieces of wholemeal toast accompanyed by Kellogs Just Right, blueberries and yoghurt each and every morning, that was 40kgs+ that the airline didn't have to transport. Why should a fat slob like Roger, seated two row ahead of me, be charged the same price as me when he hits the scales at 130kg and then brings with him another 25kg worth of whatever. Maybe they could allow people with normal weights a larger baggage allowance as a reward in future?

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    I'd be in favour of such a tax, but no doubt it would raise issues about discrimination.
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    perhaps if everyone got taxed according to their weight, i think this would be fair tbh

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    I agree with this.


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    Muscle weighs more than fat though. So you could get a fit and healthy rugby player paying a tax, and some anorexic who is unhealthy would get by.

    Should make a different rule that if you can't fit through the metal detector thing front on, you're not allowed on the flight.
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    I think everyone should take shirt off and we have judges, the better body you have - the less money you pay for flights.
    Its also a great way to keep world healthy.
    Also skinny isn't good, If you got skinny cut body shame on you. You need to have meat.
    Also bodybuilders aren't the best. The average muscly guy should get best prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh View Post
    Muscle weighs more than fat though. So you could get a fit and healthy rugby player paying a tax, and some anorexic who is unhealthy would get by.
    Fair point actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwipostereborn View Post
    I think everyone should take shirt off and we have judges, the better body you have - the less money you pay for flights.
    Its also a great way to keep world healthy.
    Also skinny isn't good, If you got skinny cut body shame on you. You need to have meat.
    Also bodybuilders aren't the best. The average muscly guy should get best prices.
    I would like to be a judge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwipostereborn View Post
    I think everyone should take shirt off and we have judges, the better body you have - the less money you pay for flights.
    Its also a great way to keep world healthy.
    Also skinny isn't good, If you got skinny cut body shame on you. You need to have meat.
    Also bodybuilders aren't the best. The average muscly guy should get best prices.
    Meh, just **** an air hostess (or host, if your that way inclined). Get a cheap seat that way. Infact can have her seat, she can sit on your knee.


    Besides, charging passengers by the pound is wrong, because that would mean there'd be a massive queue for the bogs to shift some 'excess weight' pre flight. Imagine the smell.

    Also, women with big breasts would be harshly penalised. They should get upgrades imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpr View Post
    Meh, just **** an air hostess (or host, if your that way inclined). Get a cheap seat that way. Infact can have her seat, she can sit on your knee.


    Besides, charging passengers by the pound is wrong, because that would mean there'd be a massive queue for the bogs to shift some 'excess weight' pre flight. Imagine the smell.

    Also, women with big breasts would be harshly penalised. They should get upgrades imo.
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    Make a fat plane TBH.

    Twice the size of an ordinary plane.
    Twice the meal size.
    Twice the seat size.
    Twice the price.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    Make a fat plane TBH.

    Twice the size of an ordinary plane.
    Twice the meal size.
    Twice the seat size.
    Twice the price.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright View Post
    People should be weighed on their width rather than their weight.
    That would only really be relevant to how much seat space they take up.

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