Weigh-in at the airport?
By Ryan Morrison
A Jersey man is calling for airlines to weigh passengers as well as their luggage at check-in desks.
Peter Walsh from Grouville called the BBC Radio Jersey phone-in to suggest that, when flying, the total weight should be taken into account, and if it's too high "excess baggage" should then be charged.
And that total weight should include the person flying as well as their luggage.
It follows confusion over his daughter's baggage, where scales at Jersey Airport and Liverpool Airport seemed to show a three kilo difference on the same luggage.
Mr Walsh says there are also safety issues to consider. He said: "My daughter is a ballet dancer and therefore only weighs about 47 kilos herself.
“There's often been a case where she has sat on a plane next to somebody who is so huge that they've had to use the extension seatbelt.
"When they've landed the person has not been able to get out of his seat without assistance from the steward or stewardess. In those circumstances you think there must be a safety issue here."
He suggests that people who are too large for aeroplane seats could be given a window seat so others can escape in an emergency.
Mr Walsh thinks it's unfair that passenger weight isn't taken into account when "excess baggage" is calculated.
He believes that with fuel costs rising its unfair heavier people should pay the same as people who are underweight.
He said: "30 years ago you would fly with Aurigny, you put your bags on the scales and they would put you on the scales. They actually knew how much they were carrying as a load for the aircraft. Now they just take an average figure".
"It is a bit unfair when the extra cost of fuel going up now, that people who are overweight are being charged the same as somebody who is underweight as they are using extra fuel to carry the extra weight."
Over to you
Do you agree with Peter that the weight of the person flying should be calculated at the same time as the weight of their bags or would that be unfair and a discrimination?
last updated: 08/08/2008 at 13:30
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