‘This won’t be embarrassing …’: Airline asks shocked passengers to be weighed along with their luggage before boarding
- New Zealand’s national airline weighed passengers at the airport this week
- Shocked flyers said they were asked to step on the scales as part of a survey
- Air New Zealand spokesman said the study is designed to calculate payloads
Passengers on Air New Zealand flights had weighed more baggage than their baggage this week, and some flyers were asked to step on the scales themselves.
New Zealand media personality Hilary Barry was among those involved in the Auckland airport weigh-in when the airline surveyed customers to find out their average weight.
“OMG Air NZ is informing everyone in the terminal that it is conducting an investigation today to weigh both passengers and carry-on baggage,” Barry wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
Some Air New Zealand passengers were asked this week to step on the scales before boarding the plane (stock image)
The airline said they must conduct the weight survey every five years to get an accurate picture of the weight on board the aircraft for balance and fuel requirements (file image)
‘That won’t be embarrassing at all. They also said it’s a requirement that they do it every five years, ”she said.
People commenting on Ms. Barry’s post shared concerns at the thought of being weighed in a busy airport terminal.
“I’ll be flying tomorrow, but not when this happens,” said one person.
‘Funny. That’s about how often I weigh myself, ”said another.
One person pointed out that passengers were not required to participate, but that the information was important in calculating the aircraft’s flyweight.
‘For starters, it is not compulsory. But I’d rather the plane I’m traveling on isn’t overloaded and out of balance, ‘they wrote.
Another passenger, economist Shamubeel Eaqub, wrote that he was also weighed on Wednesday and that the results could not actually be viewed by those taking the measurements.
I asked what weight I was. But the staff cannot see. Pff ‘, he wrote.
Air New Zealand has resumed much of their domestic service within the country and there is also talk of a travel bubble with Australia later this year
‘I did that on Monday. It’s for CAA and it’s about declaring cabin weight and loads. It is completely anonymous and no one can see your data. ‘agreed with another.
An airline spokesperson also outlined the reason for the improvised weigh-in, saying participation was not mandatory.
“To fly safely and efficiently, we need to calculate the weight, balance and fuel requirements of each flight before takeoff,” said Captain David Morgan, Air New Zealand’s Chief Operational Integrity Officer.
“For this we need the average weight of our passengers, crew and hand luggage.”
A 2003 survey conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority weighed 15,000 flyers and found that the average weight of each passenger and their carry-on baggage was 85.4 kg.
Based on this information, the CAA has set the ‘standard’ weight of passengers over the age of 13 at 86 kg, which is used to calculate boarding capacity for aircraft.