Too Much Baggage? Airline Now Weighs Luggage — And Passengers
Just in case taking off your shoes, belt, accessories and walking through a metal detector or scanner wasn’t enough, now some international fliers will need to step on the scale at the airport. Yes, passengers — not just their luggage — will now be weighed too, reportedly, ensure the utmost safety in flight. International airline Uzbekistan Airways is the latest to take safety measures to this new level.
No more burgers and beers (just me?) before flying if you don’t want to get a pre-flight side-eye from attendants on Uzbekistan, though the airline says the new procedure is strictly for safety purposes and the recorded weights will not be made public.
After going through check-in, which is often an ordeal in itself, passengers will be asked to stand on a “special weighing machine” close to their departure gate. In a statement released by the company, these procedures will “determine the average weight of passengers with hand luggage.”
The new procedure is set to aid the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) in research to better enhance flight safety. While the weights of passengers will remain confidential, the airline has not stated what will happen if a flight is found to be over the allotted weight. We’re hoping bags and not people get taken off first.
Uzbekistan Airways is not the first airline to make such a move, however. In 2013, Somoa Air began charging passengers varying rates based on their weight. The airline even introduced “Samoa XL,” a row for fliers over 286 pounds. These passengers paid extra and were given a seat two inches wider than the normal seating. No word if said options will soon be coming to an airline near you in the states.