Airline's 'pay what you weigh' program sparks controversy
(MyFoxBoston.com) -- Samoa Air is defending their decision to charge passengers by their weight rather than per seat.
According to the Telegraph, the airline weighs passengers on scales at the airport and charges them per kilogram. The prices start at $1 a kilogram (or just over $2 a pound) and vary according to route.
Airline officials tell the newspaper that they feel their payment policy helps to "promote health and obesity awareness."
Some experts believe other airlines could also adopt the policy, claiming that fuel costs increase with weight.
Samoa Air flies both domestically and offers flights from Samoa to American Samoa.