Fat Tax garners consumer support

first_imgSkyscanner polls revealed the majority of international travellers support an airline ‘Fat Tax’.59 percent of international travellers said airlines should charge overweight passengers more for their seats.Last month Norwegian economist Dr Bharat P. Bhatta outlined a pricing scheme based on passengers’ weight.The proposed system could bring benefits to airlines, including reduced fares and lower carbon emissions.Samoa Air charges passengers according to weight in what it says is a “world first” cost-per-kilo fare system.41 percent of travellers disagreed with the implementation of a pay-by-weight tax, citing discrimination.“The so-called ‘Fat Tax’ is a highly sensitive issue for airlines who clearly don’t want to cause offence to their larger passengers,” Skyscanner PR executive Asia-Pacific Sam Poullain said.“However we were surprised to see that among the general public, there is a significant majority who would welcome a tiered pricing for passengers depending on their weight.”Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Majority of international travellers agree with airline ‘Fat Tax’. Image: Corbislast_img