12 Jan '12, 6am
Australian airlines reject 'fat tax' for overweight passengers
SYDNEY (AFP) - Calls for overweight passengers to pay a surcharge to fly with Australian airlines fell flat on Thursday with the major carriers all rejecting the idea. It followed former Qantas chief economist Tony Webber saying obese passengers should pay more to cover extra fuel costs incurred by airlines. 'When the passengers weigh more, or where there's extra weight on the aircraft, that generates more fuel burn and higher fuel costs,' he told ABC radio. 'Airlines are really preoccupied at the moment with reducing their fuel costs because the price of jet fuel is so high at the moment.