Metro- An American airline has brought in a new ticketing policy where passengers are weighed at check-in – and seats are allocated to ‘manage weight across the cabin’.
One passenger, David Haleck, has complained after being weighed and allocated a seat to ‘balance’ the aircraft, according to Radio New Zealand.
Hawaiian Airlines now no longer allows any passengers to pre-select seats on flights between Pago Pago and Honolulu and weights everyone getting on board.
It has been suggested that the move is because Samoa has a high rate of obesity – with up to 74.6% of adults considered obese, according to the CIA World Factbook.
Haleck says, ‘Of course Hawaiian is saying that ‘yes it is a safety issue’ but, you know, weight distribution …so have we been flying unsafe for all these years?
David Halek - as fat as I imagine him to be - does have a point. We have been navigating the skies for damn near a century without worrying about the weight distribution of passengers so claiming that balancing the plane is all the sudden a safety issue is a bit disingenuous. That doesn't mean I have a problem with their new "precaution", I just that I think Hawaiian Airlines is being a little too sensitive to the feelings of the fat. You want the truth David? YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!
Fact is, fat people should have to hop on a scale before getting on planes and it has nothing to do with the seating chart. Fat people should be weighed before getting on planes because they need to be publicly shamed into not being so damn enormous prior to their next flight. Sorry, but there's this thing the general public calls the "greater good" and not trying to accommodate the morbidly obese into seats that are designed to fit the average sized human being goes a long way towards achieving it. I don't want to embarrass people just because they haven't seen anything below their waist in a decade, but if it's going to effect MY level of comfortability while traveling then you can publicly humiliate every single person whose chin has a chin. Damn near break a scale in front of a crowd of people and you'll think long and hard about mixing a salad every once and awhile. It's for that reason that I can't really see a downside to trying to make life more convenient for the majority of those packing themselves into a skinny steel tube that's set to cruise thousands upon thousands of feet in the air. They might not say so, but anyone that has ever lost an armrest to their neighbor's arm fat is currently nodding along in agreement.