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I made a little joke yesterday about profit-strapped airlines weighing passengers, not just bags, and then charging overweight people more money…which led MNB user Anne Henderson to write:

Weighing airline passengers already happens… in remote parts of the world, at least. I went to Vanuatu (halfway between Fiji & Australia... they filmed a Survivor there) in December 2006. To board my flight to another island, I gave them my bag to weigh and then had to hop on the same scale to register my own weight. Thank God it was in kilos and I felt too lazy to do the math. I weighed a bit more than the chickens that made up my fellow passenger’s carry-on luggage.

Go figure.

Another MNB user wrote:

What a great tie-in opportunity for Weight Watchers: With every X pounds you lose, get Y dollars off on United Airlines flights.

MNB user Ron Pizur wrote:

Your NewsBeat Radio piece today actually made total sense. At first when you mentioned that if the airlines take out the video equipment it removes 500lbs and therefore uses less fuel, I thought that won't work because I'll just take my portable DVD player and watch my own movie. If everyone did that then the 500lbs are still on the plane and we're back to square one. But then you had the idea of charging by weight and it made total sense.

Why shouldn't the airlines start to think that they are in the shipping
business? We ship envelopes and packages and pay by weight so why not price an airline ticket by weight of cargo (a passenger and his/her baggage) being shipped? I guess it would be hard to compare ticket prices and even harder to buy the ticket on-line, as at that time the airline would not know how much weight they would be carrying on the day of the flight. But maybe this could be solved by charging a basic ticket price that is paid at time of purchase and then topped off when you check in.

I wouldn't find this offensive, it is just being realistic. If you want to ship more weight across the country then you should expect to pay for it.

Just remember, when the airlines announce this new initiative…you read it here first.

One more comment on all the baseball commentary we’ve been doing, this one from MNB user Bill Ziegler:

Forget about home-field advantage, let's make the American League play real baseball, where men both field and hit! Enough with the t-ball mentality of the "designated hitter". What travesty! And take no truck with the argument that "nobody wants to see a pitcher batting .095 take an at bat." The logical extension of that gem is football; different teams playing offense and defense. Sounds silly, doesn't it.

I like that saying for a t-shirt:

Real men don't play designated hitter.

And finally, responding to yesterday’s story about Food Lion’s private label wines winning an international wine competition held in San Francisco, one MNB user wrote:

How many people compose the prestigious panel of nationally recognized wine experts and how long did it take to taste 1,150 plus bottles of wine? What a profession!

Wrong questions.

The better question would be this one:

Where do we sign up?

Though this gives me an idea…for an MorningNewsBeat Wine & Beer Festival…I think it is a natural…all we need is a location an a couple of sponsors, and we’ll get this thing rolling…

Any takers?

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