Finnair to weigh flight passengers at Helsinki airport

Finnair to weigh flight passengers at Helsinki airport”

A European airline has announced plans to start weighing their passengers prior to boarding flights.

The move by the Finnish airline is not created to penalise passengers, but to save on operating costs by accurately calculating the total weight of each flight.

The European Aviation Safety Agency's passenger standard weight estimates put a male's average weight at 84.6kg and a female passenger at 66.5kg.

It's not the only airline where passengers have to step on the scales, though.

Volunteers at Helsinki's Vantaa Airport will be asked throughout November to weigh themselves, together with their carry-on baggage, helping the airline to collect data on total weight.

It has been suggested that the move is because Samoa has a high rate of obesity - with up to 74.6% of adults considered obese.

The airline is looking to continue this drive for all seasons-winter and summer-so that they can adjust their weight calculation accordingly in the future. The only problem with making this voluntary is the results will be skewed, but the total should still be more accurate than the EASA standard figures.

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.

It's quite common for passengers to get charged extra if their check-in luggage is too heavy, or be told to check a carry-on bag that is too large, but passenger size and weight is not checked.

Let's hope the number on the scale is only shown to the air hostess.

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