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article imageAirlines Shedding Weight: Will Future Excess Include Passengers?

By M Dee Dubroff     Jul 7, 2008 in Travel
At the rate airlines are shedding weight to cut back on fuel, one can only wonder if people who weigh over a certain amount will soon be excluded from the right to travel. Read on for details, which are both heavy and thin.
According to news sources, Asia Pacific Airlines has taken a significant lead in going “overboard” in its fight against rising fuel costs. The next time you fly to the Orient, don’t be surprised if your in-flight magazine has a few less pages than the last time you looked at it. Your seat and eating utensils may also be lighter as well. This is not your imagination and if you really look closely, you may also notice that there is less water on board for bathroom faucets and toilets. The conspiracy further unfolds as you slowly find out that the drink trolley not to mention the steward transporting it who appears pretty hungry, are both slimmer than they were before as well.
This slimming policy runs in tandem with cutting air routes and capacity as part of a serious effort to shed weight and conserve fuel. According to Andrew Herdman, director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines: Individually these things may sound quite trivial, but they all add up. Obviously, the more expensive the fuel, the more the savings translate into. Given that oil prices are at a record high and have quadrupled over the past few years, there’s even more effort to reduce weight.
JAL (Japan Airlines) is Asia’s largest airline carrier and is among those that are putting fewer pages in their in-flight magazines. They have also slimmed the handles of their forks and spoons and even the porcelain in business class on international flights is now 20% lighter because the manufacturer put tiny bubbles inside. JAL is not the only airline looking to shed weight. Australia's Qantas is also considering similar steps to conserve fuel, and Singapore Airlines has introduced lightweight drink trolleys and service-ware on board new aircraft such as the A380 super jumbo and the Boeing B777-300ER.
What does this mean to the average passenger traveling to and from the Orient? Well, you still need your passport and… let’s see:
How much do you weigh?
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