Earlier this year with fuel prices sky high, airlines toyed with the idea of weighing passengers. This is nothing new.
Today's chapter and illustration from Air India International Passenger information from 1950:
Some airlines don't weigh their passengers. Our government insists that we do. With our rivals so chivalrous we realise that no lady in the vicinity of two hundred and fifty pounds will patronise us. So we've been a little cagey. We've hired a yokel who
weighs all lady passengers. So clueless is the boy that when Mrs Jaastipilaf leaps nimbly onto the scales and the needle streaks to the three hundred mark, our bumpkin turns to her cunningly says 'My! But you're fat'.