ONE of Gulliver’s stranger flying experiences came in 2011, when he was preparing to board a domestic flight from Panama City to the beaches of Bocas del Toro. An airline employee motioned to a scale, and Gulliver dutifully placed his bag on it. “No,” she said, and in a conversation combining her broken English with his broken Spanish, communicated that, in fact, he himself was the item she wanted to weigh. The plane, it turned out, had only about six seats, and it was crucial to achieve a weight balance.
Now an American airline is in trouble for a similar practice on a, well, much larger scale.
The problem for Hawaiian Airlines began when the carrier discovered it was burning through more fuel than anticipated on its route between Honolulu and the small Pacific island territory of American Samoa, according to reporting by the Associated Press. The airline ruled out explanations like strong winds and decided to conduct a voluntary survey among its passengers on the route. The results were clear:…Continue reading