30 July 2008

Airline Surcharges

The New York Times reports that Delta has doubled, to $50, the fee it charges passengers who check a second bag when flying.

Not only that, but the second cousin of the daughter of one of Delta's financial officers has revealed that the company has considered weighing all passengers, measuring them, and testing them with bioelectric impedance analysis. The company is reportedly considering requiring those who exceed the recommended weight ranges developed by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company or who have a Body Mass Index higher than 25 to pay an excess fuel surcharge.

Asked if the underweight or small children would be allowed a low weight rebate, the source abruptly terminated the interview.