Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald
I already refuse to fly because of the draconian TSA and the pricing games the airlines have been playing. this would just reinforce my reasons for not flying. People can't always help how big they are.
Travelling by Train and ship / Ferry is Ok in Europe etc -- but you can't really do this going say from Iceland to Australia -- Well you could in theory but it would take an awful long time and probably be hideously expensive too.
Sometimes whether we like it or not Plane travel is the only way to travel -- and whatever your politics / economic circumstances you can't alter the laws of physics -- assuming the plane has passed all the safety checks etc the ONLY criterion that allows a Plane to take off is if the WEIGHT of the fully loaded aircraft (Passengers, Baggage, Fuel, Crew) meets the specifications for the relevant flight -- smaller regional aircraft need to be even MORE stringent on meeting the weight calculations.
This has NOTHING whatever to do with "Human Rights" etc etc - but is simply a matter of fact -- on a SHIP it's VOLUME that matters rather than weight whereas on a Plane it's WEIGHT that is the primary factor. Actually on Ferries they DO tend to charge by volume -- a Camper / RV or Winnebago is charged more than a small car for the same trip --not because it's Heavier but simply it occupies more SPACE in the Ship.
All the airlines seem to be doing is "regularizing" the fare structure -- some passengers under this deal would pay considerably LESS than they do now while others would pay more -- it would be basically "Fiscally Neutral" as the tax accountants would say.
Imagine a 10 hr flight from Los Angeles to London sitting next to THIS guy. (Not me I might say) . !!