A controversial move by Ryanair was made public today after evaluating the results of a survey posted on its website. The survey sought to seek whether a “fat tax” on overweight passengers should be imposed. According to the survey, a massive 30,000 out of 100,000 passengers who participated in the competition voted in favor of the proposal. Every one out of three passengers believed that a levy should be charged on very big passengers.

The final tally of the Ryanair survey was as follows:

29% – “fat tax”
25% – ˆ1 for tissue paper (with O’Leary’s face on the paper)
24% – ˆ3 to smoke in a specified bathroom booth
14% – yearly registration fee to access
8% – ˆ2 “corkage” charge for passengers carrying their own food.

According to Stephen McNamara of Ryanair, the “fat tax” will only be applicable to passengers who are large enough to occupy the space of the passenger sitting next to them. McNamara says the revenue collected will be directed towards further lowering the average airfares for all the airline’s passengers.

Further, according to a recently held national sizing study carried out by United Airline’s First Choice, a large percentage of passengers are growing overly fat to comfortably fit in normal airline seats. In light to this, United Airlines acknowledged last week that all tickets bought from March 4 should conform to the new rule.

A recent survey carried by Telegraph echoed the sentiments of United Airlines where 83% favored the proposal. United Airlines believe that if a passenger cannot fit in a normal economy seat and comfortably lower their arms to tie their seat belts, they ought to pay for an extra seat or wait for the next flight.

The Standard seat size in a convectional economy aircraft is 16inches which cannot accommodate the overly broad-shouldered male and the females who have broadened hips.

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