If that plane above is the only size in Samoa Air’s fleet, I can agree with their new air fare system. Imagine if you have about seven 400 pound Samoans on that tiny ass plane. No bueno.

Samoa Airline become the first airline in the world to charge passengers by weight. According to Samoa Air’s website:

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 [sic], or being charged for baggage you may not carry. Your weight plus your baggage items, is what you pay for. Simple.


Chief Executive, Chris Langton, told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat families have benefited the most.

“People who have been most pleasantly surprised are families, because we don’t charge on the seat requirement even though a child is required to have a seat, we just weigh them,” he said.

 “So a family of maybe two adults and a couple of mid sized kids and younger children can travel at considerably less than what they were being charged before.”

Samoa Air started flying within Samoa in 2012 and has expanded to now connect a number of Pacific island nations.

The “pay by weight” booking system requires passengers to type in their weight on the airline’s online reservation system where their fare is calculated.

Rates range from $1 a kilogram on the airline’s shortest domestic route to about $4.16 per kilogram for travel from Samoa to American Samoa.


  • The Comment

    Your right. I haven’t had my hair DONE in 10 yrs. I only get cornrows.

  • JaeBee

    You may laugh at the “ridiculousness”, but the weight of the plane affects the amount of fuel that is needed to operate it. Fuel is expensive. The more fuel that is used, the more customers will be expected to pay and the more ticket prices will rise and additional surcharges will be tacked on. I always found it rather ironic that airlines will charge for “overweight” luggage, but not overweight passengers. As a petite and small person I’ll get charged extra for having luggage that weighs more than 50 pounds while other people who are carrying around 50 pounds of excess body fat get charged nothing extra. Even with my luggage, I’m sure that the total weight I would contribute to the plane would still be less than someone with 50 pounds excess body weight. At the very least I shouldn’t be charged any extra for my luggage when I don’t contribute much else to the weight/fuel use of the plane.

  • Danny

    If you think it’s unfair to charge people based on their weight, then its CERTAINLY unfair to be charging them for other peoples’ weights..Think about it, if extra weight uses extra fuel, and that increases airlines costs, which they pass on to the passengers. If everyone paid the same, then someone bringing 140 pounds of themselves onto the plane would pay the same as some 250 pound person with huge bags, and I think thats a lot less fair than making someone step on a scale to calculate their rate.

  • Hiccups

    I see no problem. The heavier you are, the more fuel that’s burned. Don’t be fat. If you’re too big, you gotta pay for an extra seat which limits somebody else from not being able to take that flight.

    Bigger people take up more space and burn more fuel.

  • Chanela17

    Why is it okay to generalize Samoans by saying that they’re all 400lbs? If it was a non black person writing his about black folks, there would be an epic uproar. Smh