While this opinion has been met with anger by many, a poll by flight comparison site Skyscanner found that the vast majority of consumers were actually in agreement.
Of those polled, 76% believe that airlines should charge “Fat Tax” and passengers should pay more if they weigh more. Only 22% of the 550 people polled were against such a move.
Such a ruling would force those who could not comfortably fit into a standard airline seat to purchase a second, normally at a discounted rate.
Barry Smith, Skyscanner co-founder and director commented: “So called ‘Fat Tax’ is a very sensitive issue for airlines; they would have to tread carefully so as not to alienate heavier passengers. On one hand, it’s not unreasonable for airlines to charge passengers extra if they occupy more than one seat. On the other, many would argue that it should be the responsibility of airlines to adjust their standard seat size, enabling them to comfortably accommodate all passengers.”