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Home > Blog > Atkins = Reduced Air Fares
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Tuesday, October 19, 2004 12:35 PM
Atkins = Reduced Air Fares
Kevin Salwen on Travel

Maybe this is the real reason behind the financial problems at U.S. airlines: A report by doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the average American gained 10 pounds during the 1990s. That extra weight translated into 350 million extra gallons of fuel used by airlines. The cost, according to a story in today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution: about $275 million in year 2000 alone. And jet fuel has doubled in price since then.

The logical conclusion is that skinny folks should get lower fares. Sound ridiculous? No more so than the current fare structure in which you can find yourself in a middle seat having paid 3 times what the person sitting in the aisle shelled out.


4 comments

Tom - 10/20/2004 3:25:59 PM
The difference with the fare gap is that no one knows what the stranger next to them paid for their seat. I've always thought it would be a hoot to have everyone in coach hold up a sign with the price of their ticket on it, so everyone could compare. Of course, that could result in a riot, given the disparity.

On the other hand, if your fare was soley based on weight, it would be easy to figure out who had overpaid but it would also make tall people, who are heavier in weight even when they're not obese, pay more. I do my best to get a seat in an exit row, which is easy if I'm flying for vacation, since I can book early, but not always possible if I do it for a business emergency. Flying is bad enough these days without having to spend a couple of hours kissing your knees.
kevin - 10/20/2004 8:41:30 AM
Mark, I'll post it again as soon as Anita is not looking. :-)
Mark - 10/19/2004 11:05:31 PM
This item had more impact when it had the picture associated with it.

BTW, I look worse than the picture you posted.

Aside from the health implications, It isn't fun having to squeeze into places, like airline seats, movie theater seats, clothes, small cars...

I've gotta lose 50 lbs at least. That would make life a LOT more enjoyable...
Alex - 10/19/2004 12:49:10 PM
Is that a man?

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