A tiny airline in Samoa is bringing new meaning to the word airfar
and is giving passengers a reason to lose a few pounds before making flight reservations.
The airline has started pricing its international tickets based on how much the passenger weighs.
Depending on the flight, each kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, will cost 93 cents to $1.06. For the average sized American, that could be less expensive than a ticket on another airline.
Samoa Air's program went into effect in November. The comapny's homepage reads "We at Samoa Air are keeping airfares fair, by charging our passengers only for what they weigh. You are the master of your Air'fair', you decide how much (or little) your ticket will cost. No more exorbitant excess baggage fee's, or being charged for baggage you may not carry. Your weight plus your baggage items, is what you pay for. Simple."
Travelers booking tickets online simply enter their approximate weight and that of their luggage, then a fare is determined based on those estimates. Passengers and their luggage are weighed again at the airport.
If your weight exceeds your booking weight, don't worry. The airline will let a few extra pounds slide.
The airline serves Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Tokelau, the North Cook Islands and Wallis and Futuna islands in French Polynesia. Company executives are planning to expand service to international destinations in the region including Australia, New Zealand and Fiji starting this year.
The AP contributed to this story.