Samoa Air To Charge Passengers By Weight

Samoa Air To Charge Passengers By WeightThe head of Samoa Air has defended the airline’s decision to start charging passengers according to their weight. Chris Langton told Australia’s ABC Radio that it was “the fairest way of travelling”. Rather than pay for a seat, passengers pay a fixed price per kilogram, which varies depending on the route length.

‘Run on weight’

“Airlines don’t run on seats, they run on weight, and particularly the smaller the aircraft you are in the less variance you can accept in terms of the difference in weight between passengers,” Mr Langton told ABC radio. “Anyone who travels at times has felt they have been paying for half of the passenger next to them.”

‘Promote health awareness’

Under the new model, Mr Langton described how some families with children were now paying cheaper fares.

“There are no extra fees in terms of excess baggage or anything – it is just a kilo is a kilo is a kilo,” he said.

Air Samoa’s rates range from $1 (65p) to around $4.16 per kilogram. Passengers pay for the combined weight of themselves and their baggage. Mr Langton also suggested that the move had helped promote health awareness in Samoa, which has one of the world’s highest levels of obesity.

Do you think Samoa Air’s pay-by-weight pricing is indeed “the fairest way of travelling?” Who says ‘Yay’ and who says ‘Nay’?

Source: BBC News

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Mannequins At Swedish H&M Stir Controversy

Mannequins At Swedish H&M Stir ControversyAn H&M clothing store in Sweden is being hailed by women around the world after a photo of two surprisingly curvy mannequins there were photographed and posted online.

‘More realistic proportions’

Dressed in skimpy lingerie, the mannequins displayed softer stomachs, fuller thighs and generally more realistic proportions than the traditional department store models. For comparison, most mannequins in the U.S. are between a svelte size 4 or 6—a departure from the average American woman who is a size 14.

On Tuesday, a blogger at I Am Bored posted a photo of the mannequins to Facebook and the response was overwhelming. “It’s about time reality hit…” wrote out of almost 2,500 commentators.

“Anybody saying these mannequins encourage obesity or look unhealthy, you have a seriously warped perception of what is healthy. I guarantee the “bigger” mannequin in the front there represents a perfect BMI” wrote another.

‘A step in the right direction’

Modern-day mannequins have long been critiqued for having tiny proportions.  And male mannequins haven’t escaped scrutiny either. As much as the public contests these down-sized mannequins, when designers have attempted to create dolls that reflect real-life proportions they’re met with criticism, even disgust.

A recent published in the Journal of Consumer Research shows that women’s self esteem takes a nosedive when exposed to models of any size, so maybe there is no easy answer. But as long as mannequins are influencing people to buy fashion, reflecting real-life bodies is a step in the right direction.

What do you think of these curvy mannequins — yay or nay?

Source: Elise Sole, Yahoo Shine

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