Uzbekistan Airlines announces a new policy involving the weighing of passengers before takeoff.
The airline released a statement announcing the additional procedure, stating that a “special weighing machine” would be installed at departure gates and passengers along with their luggage would be weighed in order to calculate how much weight they’ll add to the plane.
“According to the rules of International Air Transport Association, airlines are obliged to carry out the regular procedures of preflight control passengers weighing with hand baggage to observe requirements for ensuring flight safety,” said the statement on the airlines website.
Despite the statement posted, a spokesperson for the International Air Transport told CNN having knowledge of a regulation that required passengers to stand on a scale with their carry-on luggage.
“All airlines have policies in plane for load calculations, weight and balance of their aircraft. These policies in turn are subject to the rules and regulations of their national aviation regulator,” IATA corporate communications manager, Chris Goater told CNN.
As if the airline fees and additional overweight baggage fees aren’t enough, now we have to worry about our own weight for the plane. Just add another thing to the travel checklist.
“The weighing record will only contain the corresponding passenger category (i.e. male/female/children). A for the rest, the full confidentiality of results is guaranteed,” Goater said.
Now, the real question at hand: Are we going to be charged for our weight?
A controversial move, but it wouldn’t be the first one an airline has made.
Samoa Air made headlines all over the world in 2012, when they announced that they were issuing a pay-as-you-weigh fare, one that is still in effect today.
“The next step is for the industry to make those sort of changes and recognize that, ‘Hey we are not all 72 kilograms [around 160 pounds]. anymore and we don’t all fit into a standard seat,’” Samoa Air chief executive, Chris Langton, told CNN. “What makes airplanes work is weight. We are not selling seats, we are selling weight.”
Hopefully, this pay-as-you-weigh policy doesn’t spread. Otherwise, there may be a major increase in gym memberships around the world.