Will airlines charge by weight?
I saw this on Bloomberg a couple weeks ago, but I thought it was going to go away but then it was on Smarter Travel today...RIDICULOUSNESS!!!
It started out as a joke, an idea some frustrated traveler or industry analyst blurted out as yet another airline fee or fare hike was announced: "Next thing you know, the airlines will charge passengers based on their weight!" Preposterous, right?
Right-that is, until Air Transport Association spokesman David Castelveter was quoted in a Bloomberg article, saying "You listen to the airline CEOs, and nothing is beyond their imagination." He was speaking about the possibility of airlines charging passengers by the pound, and by not dismissing the idea, he more or less validated it.
Our Local Store is now inspiring the public to choose Derrie-Air! The best way to fly!!
Folks were intrigued to learn about Derrie-Air, a new "carbon-neutral luxury airline" that charges passengers by the pound. It turned out to be a publicity stunt, but it got folks talking about the concept of treating passengers more like freight.
The folks at NAAFA, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, found it "sort of funny," but ultimately "preposterous." But as you can read in my Well-Mannered Traveler column on MSNBC.com, others thought it was actually a great idea.
OMG, thrift luxury: Derrie-Air !!
Derrie-Air, the newest green airline started running ads in Philadelphia newspapers over the weekend, putting emphasis on their unit "pay what you weigh" system.
The magic comes from our one of a kind "Sliding Scale"-the more you weigh, the more you'll pay. After all, it takes more fuel-more energy-to get more weight from point A to point B. So we will charge passengers based on how much mass they add to the plane. The heavier you and your luggage are, the more trees we'll plant to make up for the trouble of flying you from place to place.
Though the ads were a joke produced by Philadelphia Media Holdings to attract advertisers, I suspect most "average" Americans are not amused.
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Art In The Age Creative Director Ben Woodward gives a shout out to Philly's music blog with really big teeth, The Walrus. The big, music loving personality of this oversized and lovable friend of the sea is expressed perfectly in Ben's larger-than-life illustration. Available in two color palettes: "Lo Fi" Gray-on-Gray or "Experimental" Turquoise-on-Turquoise"
The tees will be available in men's sizes Small-Large for $28 and will be released tomorrow. Art in the Age will also be giving away 3 tees to 3 lucky winners in the next 3 weeks! See attached photo of the Lo-Fi Walrus tee.
A Bit of Humor in Tough Air Travel Times
Much attention has been drawn to the increasing cost of fuel that has led to lots of fees for passengers. Well, a news publication in Philadelphia took a creative, humorous look at the fees and came up with Derrie-Air - "The more you weigh, the more you pay." Truth in humor? Who knows, but it is an amusing read.