Tuesday, October 19, 2004

A case for Cheat and Eat...

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution* reports: Americans' expanding waistlines are adding to the airlines' already rising fuel bills.

A report by physicians at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the average American gained 10 pounds during the 1990s. The extra weight translated to 350 million extra gallons of fuel used by airlines. The cost? About $275 million in 2000 alone, the report says — and that was when jet fuel cost less than half today's price. The higher fuel consumption also resulted in an extra 3.8 million tons of carbon dioxide and smaller amounts of other pollutants, it adds.

I say they should charge travellers per kilo of body weight. Imagine: Today's specials: Kulula.com at R10/kg, SAA at R11.50/kg, potatoes at R 13/kg

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