Talk about ridiculous!
Earlier this week two American Samoan businessmen filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Transportation against Hawaiian Airlines.
Avamua Dave Haleck and Daniel King each claim they were discriminated against by being profiled for their size and weighed while boarding a flight from Honolulu.
The two men filed separate complaints saying they were given new seats after the weighing to make sure the weight on the flight was evenly distributed.
The airline says it does not have a policy of weighing passengers before ALL flights; however, this particular flight was part of a survey period where Hawaiian Airlines weighed every passenger flying between Hawaii and the American Samoa capital Pago Pago.
Uhm… so they only singled out Samoans as a whole? Yeeeah…
Hawaiian communications director Alison Croyle supported the practice, saying:
“This action resulted from the recognition that over time our fuel burn on Pago Pago (PPG) flights was consistently much higher than projected, indicating that our weight assumptions were inaccurate. We review weights on any flight within our route network that demonstrates such a discrepancy. For example, we surveyed our Japan and Korea flights in 2015 and our new Narita flight earlier this year.”
Haleck doesn’t accept their explanation though as he says:
“And of course Hawaiian is saying that ‘yes it is a safety issue’ but, you know, weight distribution …so have we been flying unsafe for all these years?”
Seriously! If a couple hundred pounds on either side of the plane is going to endanger the flight, we’re thinking it’s time to change airlines…
As a result of the complaints, the DOT is currently investigating to see if they find what they deem to be any discriminatory practices.
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