A Daily news digest by Jasper van Santen

Charge Heavy Passengers More – Al Jazeera

In News, Nonsense on March 19, 2012 at 21:41

Weigh more, pay more 

“The point of a surcharge for extra weight is not to punish a sin, whether it is levied on baggage or on bodies. It is a way of recouping from you the true cost of flying you to your destination, rather than imposing it on your fellow passengers. Flying is different from, say, health care. It is not a human right.

An increase in the use of jet fuel is not just a matter of financial cost; it also implies an environmental cost, as higher greenhouse-gas emissions exacerbate global warming. It is a minor example of how the size of our fellow-citizens affects us all. When people get larger and heavier, fewer of them fit onto a bus or train, which increases the costs of public transport. Hospitals now must order stronger beds and operating tables, build extra-large toilets and even install extra-large refrigerators in their morgues – all adding to their costs.”

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