European Airline Ryanair Considers Charging Fat Tax

ryanairLast December I wrote about a Canadian Supreme Court decision to give the right to extremely obese people to have two seats for the price of one on airlines.

But the European discount airline Ryanair isn’t being so kind. They took the initiative to ask the public what they should do with obese passengers. More than 100,000 people voted on whether or not they should charge fees to “very large” passengers. Twenty-nine percent voted for “excess fees for very overweight passengers.” And the “yeas” have it.

Making this sort of thing an online initiative is, if anything, bold. At worst, it’s very insensitive. I can’t imagine seeing an American company taking this kind of publicity risk, so maybe there are cultural differences. You can see the Ryanair poll here, and judge for yourself.

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