Paying by the pound to fly
Jessica Janner & Joyce Lupiani
Samoa Air has started charging customers based on their weightPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
(KTNV) -- There have been rumors that it would eventually happen and now it has -- pay-as-you-weigh airfare.
The first airline in the world -- Samoa Air -- has started charging passengers based on their weight.
The airline is asking heavier passengers to fork over more money for their seat. On its website it reads: "Don't worry, we will weigh you again at the airport."
With more than 80 percent of the country of Somoa considered overweight, the CEO of the airline is defending the new practice saying that the airline is not selling seats, it is selling weight.
The policy went into effect in November for domestic fliers and in the past few weeks for international routes.
Someone weighing 130 pounds would pay half the amount for their plane ticket as someone weighing 260 pounds.
The CEO says that many people are pleased about the new pricing policy -- especially those with children because it can cost much less when based on their weight.
It could happen here.
As American have gained weight, airlines have had to pay more to fly those extra pounds.
Some major U.S. airlines already have policies that require larger passengers that do not fit into their seats comfortably to buy an extra seat.