Pastychomper wrote: Mick F wrote:
I've long maintained that when people check in ready for a flight, the luggage PLUS PERSON should be weighed and charged accordingly.
I find it rather annoying that me and Mrs Mick F are quite slim and light, but we pay the same for our luggage as Mr Fat Man pays - and he's probably heavier than the two of us put together plus our luggage!
Easyjet already do a primitive version of that: they charge extra for seats with more legroom, so anyone with the temerity to be significantly taller than average (with, presumably, the accompanying additional weight) has to choose between paying extra and being more cramped than other passengers.
And the parallel is probably even closer for fat vs thin people.... as research indicates a strong genetic component to weight, with factors such as gut biome probably big factors too along with night work and poor shift patterns disrupting sleep- increasingly prevalent in our society. Of course that doesn't suit many as alot of people enjoy a prejudice, and labelling fat people as morally inferior (for not "moving more and eating less") under a poorly-disguised veneer of "caring for their health" allows the majority to continue enjoying their scapegoat. Unfortunately, medics are aften some of the most judgemental.
I am quite a fan of "Angry Chef" and got his latest book after reading a Guardian review. It's worth a read- with an open mind even when it causes a degree of uncomfortable self-examination (confronting one's subconsicous bias is always uncomfortable especially when one is convinced one is a morally good progressive liberal who does not unfairly discriminate). His moral of the "Easter Lapwing" should be compulsory reading for all medics and all people wishing to express a view about cause and effect..... :