Angry Passengers Think Airlines Should Charge Obese Passengers More For Their Seats
It's a heavy topic
Flying can be stressful, but it turns out that your fellow travellers may be worried about more than airline safety.
More than a third of those who take flights believe that the weight of obese passengers should be taken into account when they book their ticket.
Travellers have vented their frustration at a perceived unfairness in airline baggage polices.
In a study of UK adults, 39% of those surveyed favoured a combined weight allowance - taking both passenger weight and that of their luggage into account, with charges incurred for those who exceed this mix.
When asked about the existing rules, in new data released by online travel company eDreams.co.uk, 55% of those surveyed were satisfied with current regulations - a number close to the 61% of people who are currently overweight or obese in the UK.
Of the 45% who disagreed with the current airline rules, a militant 18% admitted to feeling ‘angry’ that those weighing more are entitled to an equal amount of airline baggage.
Combined weight allowances were favoured by 41% in the North West, with younger travellers are less likely to favour a combined weight allowance, with the majority of respondents in agreement aged between 35-44 or 55 plus (43% and 39% respectively).
Women are significantly more affected by luggage weight limits, with 28% of female respondents finding it the most stressful element of their holiday (compared to just 16% of men) and 18% admitting to pooling their luggage allowance with a partner, so that they can take more.
Kasia Jankowska, travel expert from eDreams commented: "It is clear that many travellers - in fact 26% in this study - find packing to meet a specific weight restriction a huge cause of stress, which has in turn caused a substantial amount of resentment between passengers."