Oh, please no… my sides are splitting!

The fat people, they cannot take a joke:

Malaysian long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X on Tuesday denied it was considering charging passengers according to how much they weigh.

An Australian executive with the airline had been quoted as telling a travel industry magazine that an initiative to charge larger passengers “could help Aussies lose weight”.

But the carrier said the comment had merely been a joke.

Regardless of whether they weigh passengers or not, AirAsiaX have lost my business with that hilarious bit of humour from a ‘rogue’ exec.

Edit: Fillyjonk has a great post dealing with the logical fallacies of the weighing aircraft passengers:

Listen, nobody disputes the fact that the weight of an aircraft matters. But something like nine percent — NINE PERCENT — of that weight is attributable to passengers, you dumb fuck. More than half the weight is just the weight of the craft itself, and then there are things like FUEL. Basically, airplanes are heavy, empty or full. The average Australian weighs about 167 pounds; if you limited your clientele to cut that average by, say, 20 pounds, you’d save about 1 percent of the weight of the aircraft. That’s like kicking a five-year-old out of your SUV and expecting it to improve your gas mileage.

2 Responses to “Oh, please no… my sides are splitting!”


  1. 1 peggynature Tuesday, 5 August 2008 at 10:00 pm

    There’s a lot of yucks floating around lately, I tell you. Fat people just need to get a sense of humour!!!!

    /sarcasm


  1. 1 Shapely Prose Trackback on Wednesday, 6 August 2008 at 10:54 am

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