Fat debate is back: should obese people should pay more?

There was lots of publicity for the latest contribution to the “fat passengers should pay more” debate, Fjordane (Norway) based academic Bharat P Bhatta. “To the degree that passengers lose weight and therefore reduce fares, the savings that result are net benefits to the passengers,” Bhatta wrote this week in the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management. Bhatta proposed that the same fare would be charged if a passenger was of average weight. A discount or extra charge would be used if the passenger was above or below a certain limit. Another suggestion is that a person who weighted 10 stone would pay half the fare of someone who weighted 20 stone.

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