Samoa Air has become the first airline in the world to start charging passengers based on their weight.
The ‘pay what you weigh’ policy has been introduced to help Samoa battle its weight problems, the airline argues, with the country having one the highest rates of obesity in the world.
The airline will now charge travellers by the kilogram for their weight and the weight of their luggage.
Under the new system, Samoa Air passengers must type in their weight and the weight of their baggage into the online booking section of the airline’s website.
“We at Samoa Air are keeping airfares fair, by charging our passengers only for what they weigh.
“You are the master of your Air’fair’, you decide how much - or little - your ticket will cost.
“No more exorbitant excess baggage fees or being charged for baggage you may not carry.
“Your weight plus your baggage items, is what you pay,” read a statement from the company.
The rates vary depending on the distance flown.
Passengers pay a minimum of $1 per kilogram on the airline’s shortest domestic route.
This rises to about $4.16 per kilogram for travel between Samoa and American Samoa.
Passengers are then weighed again on scales at the airport, to check that they were not massaging the facts online.