|A very HOT issue
Samoa airline to price tickets by passenger weight, Tickets sold not by the seat, but by kilogram.
|a group of London students felt very humorous when they had to weigh in.
Auckland is the Pasifika capital of the world. I work with both Adults and children in teaching them ESOL, English as a second language. Some of them tell me that it is their culture to be big. In America, they source big Samoans to play their football.
Think of the Rock, Dwayne Johnson who has made it big in WWE and Hollywood. Which kid does want to be the Rock in the motion picture , "The Mummy Returns (2001)" and The Scorpion King (2002)" His mother is of Samoan heritage
Recently Samoa Air, announced introducing a world first: 'Pay only for what you weigh'! It stank all the way from Apia in Samoa to Auckland. How many The Rock are there?
Actually Samoa is not the first country to do it, in Sarawak, where it has monopoly, flying to the remote mountains of Borneo, they have been doing it a long time..
As I was checking in for my flight in Miri to Mulu, there was a group of London Students on their Borneo tour to Bario. I told them that it was a pity my sister Elizabeth and Kallang had just left bario. Otherwise they would provide great hospitality. Indeed, Elizabeth had told me many a tourist had past through their long house, and some even went to their kitchen.
Bario is the home of my brother in law Kallang and Sister in Law Elly. They belong to the tribes of the kelabits. Bario is a nice place to visit as it is very cool because of it's high altitude and the people are very friendly.
The most convenient way to the Bario highlands is by twin otter plane. My sisters had told me before you board the plane, both you and your luggage had to be weighed. This is to make sure that the plane doesn't get overloaded.
Kallang is a big man and Elizabeth is a small woman. So their weight balance out. Things are very expensive in Bario. People try to pack as much as they can. Once, my other sister, a smallish woman was approached by a native if they could check in together. We joked that even before she boarded the plane, she was already hitched.
I spoke with a very friendly girl as they waited for the rural flight service.
You can see the students having fun as they weigh themselves.