As if situating yourself into the always ill-fitting middle seat wasn't humiliating enough, Uzbekistan Airways has announced a new policy that's adding more discomfort to the flying experience. The news: Upon arriving at the gate, each flyer will be weighed in an attempt to figure out the airplane's total flying weight.
Here's what the airline has shared: Each customer will face a "special weighing machine" (the airline's words) before boarding their plane. Every flyer will be weighed with their hand luggage, in order to take an accurate reading of the total load. Unlike Samoan Air's weight policy from 2013—an unpopular method that associated ticket fare with the passenger's body size—ticket prices will not be affected by this new process. According to the airline, all flyer information will be kept confidential. Currently, no passenger weight limit has been announced.
Uzbekistan Airways attributes the added policy to the International Air Transport Association. Read on for the brand's statement:
According to the laws of the International Air Transport Association, airlines are obliged to carry out regular procedures of pre-flight control such as weighing passengers with hand luggage in order to observe the requirements for ensuring flight safety.
After passing check-in on a flight and prior to boarding into the aircraft, we will ask you to pass the weighing procedure with a special weighing machine placed in the departure gate zone. The weighing record will only contain the corresponding passenger category (i.e. male/ female/ children).
As for the rest, the full confidentiality of results is guaranteed. We appreciate your assistance and thank you in advance for the help in the solution of our common task of flight safety.
The real question is this: What do they plan on doing if a full flight is suddenly oveweight? According to a write-up on The Daily Mail, it's suggested that larger passengers may be excluded from their planned flight in an effort to meet weight limits. We've got a lot of questions over here at Travel + Leisure.
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