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Study: Airlines should charge fares based on your weight

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The price of an airline ticket varies depending on how far in advance you buy your ticket, the time of day you want to fly and the day itself, but what if airlines also factored in something else - how much you weigh?

A study by a Norwegian professor suggests airlines set prices based on a passenger's weight.

"Some would think that this is discriminatory, but because I am straight-up economics, for me it's not discriminatory at all," said professor Bharat Bhatta.

In a paper in the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, Bhatta argues reducing the weight on a plane by a little more than two pounds will result in fuel savings of $3,000 a year.

Bhatta proposes passengers self-declare their weight when they book a ticket.

There's actually an airline already doing this. Samoa Air, operating out of the Pacific, charges passengers by the pound.

Southwest Airlines requires oversized passengers to book two seats.

One group is calling this idea ridiculous - the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance.

"Treating people like freight is not a good alternative. It's a PR nightmare for the airlines to even consider such a thing," said Peggy Howell with the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance.

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