060104 Thursday – “De Plane Boss! De Plane!”
Not only are Americans contributing to oil consumption with their cars. The national obesity problem has had a serious impact in fuel costs for airlines.
“Through the 1990s, the average weight of Americans increased by 10 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The extra weight caused airlines to spend $275 million to burn 350 million more gallons of fuel in 2000 just to carry the additional weight of Americans, the federal agency estimated in a recent issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.”
350 MILLION more GALLONS in the year 2000 alone!
$275 MILLION in additional cost!
No wonder the airlines are crying “Mercy!” and threatening bankruptcy.