Honolulu, Hawaii

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Heavy planes: Hawai­ian Air­lines has been given per­mis­sion to con­tinue al­lo­cat­ing seats on some of its planes ac­cord­ing to its pas­sen­gers’ weight. The air­line in­tro­duced the pol­icy on flights from Honolulu to Amer­i­can Samoa, af­ter notic­ing that these were burn­ing more fuel than pro­jected; a sur­vey then re­vealed that pas­sen­gers on that route were – with lug­gage – typ­i­cally 13.6kg heav­ier than those on other routes. As a re­sult, the air­line stopped let­ting pas­sen­gers select their seats, and in­stead al­lo­cated them at check in, so their weight could be evenly dis­trib­uted. This led to charges of dis­crim­i­na­tion, as the pol­icy only ap­plied to flights to Amer­i­can Samoa (where at least 74% of adults are obese). Last week, how­ever, trans­port of­fi­cials cleared the air­line, say­ing its safety con­cerns were valid.

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