A Tongue-in-Cheek Proposal

As long as we are being obsessive about the weight of aircraft (US Airways is going to remove onboard in-flight entertainment systems), why not other measures? Removing the entertainment systems removes 550 pounds of weight.

Some other airlines had removed magazines for the same stated reason: to cut weight. We understand other weight-reducing measures, such as using lighter service carts, also are being looked at. The amount of water for the lavatories as well as the amount of fuel in plane tanks already have been optimized. Bag weight also now is an optimizable element in fuel consumption.

Each jet can save perhaps 400 pounds simply by avoiding paint on the fuselages.

Heck, why not base airline tickets on body weight as well as distance traveled, then?
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