The Lesson for today, is the Rules of Physics, and how they apply to air travel.
(Bear with me as I try to make it as non-personal as possible.)
My proposal was: Instead of “luggage limits” the rules of airfare should be based on the “total weight” of the Passenger, And their luggage.
The first rule, and the easiest is total weight…
Why should the “little old lady” of 105 lbs, pay extra for 30 lbs of luggage, when the 250 lb’er gets away with his 20 lbs of luggage.?
The simplest rules of physics: Newton’s Third Law; states that “for every Action their is an EQUAL and opposite reaction”. It takes more fuel to move more weight.
If you go to a restaurant, and require 2000 calories of food per meal, to sustain your current body weight; should the grandmother who eats a salad pay the same price?
The next, based on airline priority, is wieght disribution.
If I weigh 180 lbs, and take 100 lbs of luggage, it is still less expensive for the airline than if a 250 lb passenger takes 30lb. of luggage.
Whether you like it or not, it costs More to move a Passenger of 250 lbs. from point A to Point B, than it does the equivalent amount of luggage. Want to prove it? Carry a 10 lb sack of potatoes, at shoulder height, and then carry it back at waist height.
If the load is above the centre of gravity, it’s harder to carry, than if it is below the COG … Controlled balance takes more effort (and fuel) than slung weight! Passengers on an aircraft travel Above the wing, while the luggage travels below the wing .
Okay, lets go with the discrimination arguement…
First, by no choice of my own, I am claustrophobic. When that tin can hits the ground, I want to rush for the exit. Due to this condition, I am unable to deal with a “Fat Person” intruding on my space on the plane. I bought one seat, that extends from the armrests; from the floor, and up to the ceiling. Why should I be required to give up my space, to someone who oozes out both sides of thier seat?
Obesity isn’t a matter of Choice?
I am a smoker. I “choose” to smoke, because I made a mistake when I was 16 years old, and have since become addicted, so I have a Physical dependance, on cigarettes.
98.4% of “clinically obese” patients are “obese” because they are addicted to thier eating habits (and this includes quality of foods, not just volume).
If I can’t smoke on a flight, because it effects the other passengers on a flight, then why can an 300 lb’er intrude on my seat space on a flight.