A travel magazine reported Monday that Australian airline AirAsia X is considering charging passengers by the pound in a bid to fight rising fuel prices and to "help Aussies lose weight."

According to Travel Today, the airline's general manager Darren Wright said AirAsia X is considering weighing passengers to calculate the overall weight of the aircraft.

The airline, however, has since released a statement that said Wright was misquoted.

Azran Osman-Rani, chief executive of AirAsia X said: "We have not planned nor even considered charging passengers by weight."

The airline was launched in May last year, with headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

U.S.-based Southwest Airlines sparked controversy in 2002 when it announced it was instituting a "customer of size" policy that requires large passengers to purchase two seats.