Commentary on wsj.com about air travel: charge for total weight

This article prompted a fair amount of commentary about the travails of air travel. One in particular caught our attention:

Charge passengers a fare that is based on the sum of their weight as well as the weight of their luggage:
Fare = $/lb. x (passenger weight + luggage weight)

Why should my 100 lb wife have to pay extra for taking 25 lbs of luggage while the 250 lb person who checks no luggage have no extra fee. In effect, the light are subsidizing the heavy. — Adam Brenner

We hope to hear from our airlines friends and clients on why that may or may not work – besides the obvious that charging based on a human condition probably is not PC.

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