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Airline to weigh passengers before flight

A EUROPEAN airline has announced plans to weigh travellers before they board a plane.

Finnair wants to stick between 100 and 150 of its passengers on the scales on every flight, along with their luggage.

The airline isn't planning on penalising anyone they consider overweight though, The Sun reports.

Finnair said it would start weighing passengers before flights.
Finnair said it would start weighing passengers before flights.

Instead, they're doing it to cut operating costs.

By working out a more exact weight and balance of the aircraft, Finnair will be able to streamline their operating costs when it comes to fuelling the planes.

Until now, the airline has been relying on estimates from the European Aviation Safety Agency that were made eight years ago.

"We want to make sure we have the best possible data at our disposal also in this respect," Sami Suokas, manager of customer processes at Finnair, told the newspaper Helsinki Times.

"That's why we're collecting data from our own network."

Finnair said it will start weighing passengers before flights. Picture: Henri Bergius
Finnair said it will start weighing passengers before flights. Picture: Henri Bergius

Mr Suokas said the weight of their passengers changed significantly between summer and winter because of the extreme difference in temperature.

According to stats from the European Aviation Safety Agency, the average male passenger in Europe weighs 84 kilograms and flies with a carry-on luggage of half a kilogram.

The average female passenger weighs 65 kilograms and flies with a carry-on luggage of five kilograms.

However, the average Finnish man weighs 85 kilograms and the average Finnish woman weighs 70 kilograms.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.


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