Airlines have begun charging for luggage to raise more money from passengers, not to decrease their weight in order to save jet fuel. The typical takeoff weight of a Boeing 767 is on the order of 400,000 pounds. If every single one of the 210 passengers brings a 50-lb bag, luggage accounts for only 2% of the plane’s weight. That’s assuming a completely full flight, and every passenger bringing the maximum amount of luggage. The airline would not put less fuel in the jet just because they have a new pricing policy that is expected to decrease the luggage weight – that is unsafe. Airlines will increase their efficiency in the near future by using alternative fuels and by retiring antiquated aircraft, rather than by convincing passengers to bring less luggage on board.
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