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Airline Weighs Passengers Before Flights And People Are Actually Fine With It
By Izza Sofia, 07 Nov 2017
Passengers at Helsinki airport flying with FinnAir have been asked to step onto weighing scales prior to boarding.
The voluntary scheme is gathering data on passenger weight, to see if the estimates they are currently using to calculate fuel and safety are accurate.
To date, FinnAir has used European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) passenger standard weight estimates, which calculate 88kg for a male passenger, 70kg for a female, 35kg for a child—plus carry-on bags for each. The estimates were put together in 2009.
The EASA’s weight estimates put the average male passenger at about 84.6kg and the average female passenger at about 66.5kg. However, passenger weights can vary by nationality, ticket class (for example, men in first class tend to weigh more than those in economy) and time of year (Finnish passengers usually contribute more weight in winter due to their bulky coats).
FinnAir wants to collect its own data so it can be sure what its own average passenger weighs.
“This is part of having a very strong safety culture in our organization,” airline communications director Päivyt Tallqvist said.
“We want to see if the data we are using for calculations is accurate. We use them for every flight, and they are important for the aircraft’s performance. When you explain this to passengers, they understand.”
[via BBC, opening image via YouTube]
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