Tiny Airline Charges By The Pound, Not By The Seat

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (April 3, 2013)—Samoa Air, a tiny Samoa airline, planned to apply a new pricing model Wednesday to international flights, based on the weight of passengers and their baggage.

Under the new model, there are no base fares.

Instead passengers are charged by the kilogram or 2.2 pounds ranging from 93 cents to $1.06 depending on the flight.

That means an average American adult man who weighs 195 pounds and has a 35 pound bag would pay $97 to fly one-way from Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Travelers in the region are used to stepping on scales when they fly because of small planes used between islands, but Samoa Air is the first to charge by weight.

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