Too fat to fly?

Overweight air traveller
The world is getting fatter

Air passengers call for excess body weight to be taxed

When it comes to excess weight on a plane, Brits think we should all pay
our fair share, and with body weight affecting fuel consumption in the
same way as excess baggage, it’s not surprising travellers want a ‘fat tax’.

In a new poll from leading travel add-ons provider,,
nearly half of the people asked (48%) felt that overweight passengers
should be charged extra to board their flight. Men in particular think that
those carrying excessive body weight should pay the price, with 51% of
men in favour of additional charges compared to 43% of women.

James Lewis, Head of Online Partnerships at,
said: “The world is getting fatter – and this is becoming a big issue. Being
an overweight passenger affects your travelling companions, physically
and financially. If we have to pay extra for excess baggage, it’s only fair
that we pay extra for excessive body weight.

“Sitting next to an obese person on a plane can sometimes reduce the
space that you have to relax, so maybe airlines should offer some of the
revenue from the additional ticket cost to the person sitting next to the
fat person too.”


Notes to editors polled 3,564 customers during March 2012.

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