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Airline 'Fat Tax' Call

ObeseObese airline passengers should be forced to pay a "fat tax" to cover the cost of transporting their excess weight, according to a controversial proposal by health experts.

Calls for the tax - which would be determined per extra kilo, in the same way as excess baggage - come as obesity rates and fuel prices surge to new highs in Australia.

But the radical proposal has also attracted a backlash from those who argue it discriminates against people with weight problems.

Passengers are routinely charged hundreds of dollars for excess baggage and sports equipment, but their own weight is not measured.

Dr John Tickell, an Australian expert in nutrition and weight-control, believes obese passengers should be liable for a penalty.

"If you are going to charge for excess baggage, then charge fat people for excess weight," he told The Sunday Telegraph.

Source: Daily Telegraph
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