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Samoa Air fare based on passenger's weight

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Samoa Air's new policy has a lot of people talking: weigh more, pay more. The South Pacific-based airline claims to be the world's first to charge passengers based on their weight in addition to their luggage.

"It makes it a lot easier for them to understand and also by the time they come back to us a second time around they have had time to digest that information and recognize that its actually the fairest possible system of air carriage that's available and that covers both the cargo and passenger travel," Samoa Air CEO Chris Langton said. "A great benefit for families it makes it easier to work out costs we can carry everything they want on board."

According to the policy, a passenger that weighs about 150 pounds with no baggage will pay about about $85 for a typical flight inside Samoa. A ticket to American Samoa, 250 miles east, would cost about $155.

On Samoa Air's Facebook page, many are calling for a boycott of the airline because of discrimination. Some passengers say the new policy is simply unfair.

Officials from the American Samoa Visitors Bureau say travelers in the region are already weighed before they fly because the planes used between the islands are small. But this is the first time Samoa Air plans to use this policy on international flights.

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