Weight of the world
By Alex Thomas on 18 June, 2012 in Uncategorised
With weight savings on aircraft an important issue at the moment due to the current high fuel prices, Rolls-Royce has calculated that if every passenger lost 1kg in weight, it would save the airline industry a total of approximately $1 billion per year in fuel costs.
Yet a report published in the journal BMC Public Health entitled The weight of nations: an estimation of adult human biomass, suggests our figures are heading in the other direction.
Expect Michael O’Leary to dust down Ryanair’s press release of a few years ago in which the airline alleged to have been musing over charging obese passengers a fat tax.
The low-budget carrier claimed it was contemplating enforcing charges if passengers weighed over 130kg/20 st (male) and 100kg/15 st (females), while if their waists touched both armrests, they could have faced charges for a second seat.
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