How do you think the future of air travel will turn out?
Air travel helps keep the world connected but with recent airline accidents and regulation changes, our airspace is in for a change. Technology keeps changing the playing field, so what do you think the future of aviation will look like? 1World Expert Garrett Miller shares his take on charging overweight passengers extra for their tickets:
“It’s no secret that American commercial airlines are struggling for ways to save money in recent years. Companies are merging, the number of flights is constantly being reduced and basic on-board amenities are being cut. This new concept of charging passengers by the combined weight of their luggage and themselves would just be the latest money-grabbing scheme, one that I don’t imagine would go over well with many Americans.
For one, I think overweight people (and in America, they represent the majority here) would feel uncomfortable, at best and at worst, discriminated against. Heavier passengers know that they take up more room on those cramped airplane rows. I think they would be incensed to have to get on a scale in an airport, to pay more for a seat and not get anything extra in return.
Rather than a pay-by-weight system, airlines should create a premium seating section for larger, taller passengers. Wider seats or seats with more legroom should be made available for an extra cost. I am willing to bet that, even if overweight people didn’t buy them, an average-weight person just looking for a little extra elbow room would. The airlines could make more money, and no one gets offended. If you ask me, this is much better than treating your customers like freight, where they literally become just another number.”
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