Carry-Ons to Cost $45 at Spirit Airlines
Completely agree about the oversize carry-ons that should be checked.
Not only top a heavy plane, but it's cumbersome, people get up and down out of seats more in-flight, takes longer to board and longer to exit.
On a short flight excess carry-ons might even cause it to be late.
In a way, airlines charging for total weight (person and all baggage) makes sense.
More weight, more space taken, and more fuel used.
Think about it, nobody on a flight is paying the same amount anyway.
So long as airlines post their policy and rates in a prominent fashion, I would take no issue.
I think it would allow consumers to better evaluate prices between airlines.
A flat charge for extra baggage isn't fair to people with a bag of feathers versus someone with a bag of rocks.
I know there are some larger folks that can be required to buy 2 tickets if they cannot buckle up with 1 seat. So indirectly this is (sort of) already being done for a persons weight. Larger folks might take offense to this, but it's just the reality of commerce.
Just wear 3 pairs of underware,2 pairs socks,4 shirts,2 pairs shorts,2 pair pants,2 light jackets,load the pockets with more socks undies, a pair of sneakers,camera,gum,can of spam,spam and spam.
Now your packing like a REAL HOBO !
What a coincidence! I just joked about the same issue yesterday when checking in in Cebu City about the airlines charging people by their weight and weight of their total baggage meaning more petite people can travel cheaper. Anyone under 50kg / 110lbs could fly for half price.
When we first went back to the States in 95 I was so over confident and naive about starting a small business. After researching and getting use to living there I came to the same conclusion as the issue you mentioned, ( "Truth in advertising is the real problem here, the world has decided that tricky and clever is an acceptable business practice." ) that to compete in the USA one must be dishonest aka tricky, misleading so I gave up the idea and realized how lucky were in the Philippines.