Airline Baggage Fees Solution
If you’re like me, you’re sick and tired of how the airline industry continues to come up with ways to nickle-and-dime us. To me, the worst, or perhaps the most unfair, are the fees on baggage. The idea of traveling without baggage is of course not possible. I’m not suggesting that we should be able to travel with unlimited bags, but what I am suggesting is that charging per bag is. There is a direct correlation between how much weight the airline carries and its fuel cost. So, why not charge by overall weight instead of the quantity of bags?
Here’s my solution, which I believe is the most fair way for both consumer and airline—charge by overall weight. Give each passenger an overall weight limit with the purchase of their ticket. Example: Each standard ticket gets an overall 250lb weight limit…so if you weigh 175lbs, then you get 75lbs of luggage for free. If you weigh 200lbs, then you only get 50lbs of luggage. When you check-in, you step on a scale with your luggage…if you are over 250lbs, then you pay a per-pound fee over and above the 250lbs. Make sense? Seems simple and logical to me…what say you?