Monday, November 24, 2008

How to Battle Obesity

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. 

7 comments:

  1. Were you in Germany?

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  2. yes, but think how much longer the survivors could last in the Alps.

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  4. Hmmn, that's quite an interest in weight ... and perhaps your flew on some dangerously overloaded aircraft. It's really more fun to take a minimal amount of stuff on holiday. Every bit you take is a little bit less of really going away. Buy what you need on arrival, give away or bin on leaving, get back into your travelling togs before boarding plane home. Besides, fatties look better in flowing robes, a djellaba or a sarong, perhaps, than they do squashed into jeans. I wonder where it was, the South Seas?

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  5. And if you weighed more than 100Kgs, which, hard to believe as it may be, is possible...?

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  6. Oh ha ha, Susan B. Very funny. I'm so rolling about laughing. If you knew anything about Germany you'd know we have no internal flights! We just get someone to roll us up the Matterhorn and give us a good push. Takes you all the way to Berlin, if the wind's coming from the right direction.

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