Monday, November 24, 2008
I think I can help the airlines in their present crisis. My recent jaunt was in a country of immensely fat people - fatter, in fact, than the Americans. Their internal flights, perversely perhaps, had a rigorous baggage weight policy. Check-in baggage could be no more than 15 kgs and carry-on no more than 7kgs. As I currently weigh under 71kgs, this made my total airborne weight 93kgs. Yet I saw plenty of people on these flights who weighed at least 90 kgs. This made their total airborne weight 112 kgs. I am being discriminated against for being thin. Why not, instead of baggage allowances, simply permit passengers a total airborne weight of, to be generous, 100 kgs? This would mean I could have 29 kgs of baggage and the 90 kg fatties could have 10 kgs. This would be a potent weapon in the battle against obesity as the more weight people lost, the better they could dress on holiday.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 10:14 pm