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Passengers to be weighed before flight

The Aviator Africa Passengers to be weighed

As the obesity rate in America increases, the data Airlines use to measure passenger weight to ensure safety onboard planes may be outdated. Due to this, airline carriers may have to update average passenger weight, according to the Travel blog “the Wing”, citing a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advisory.

According to that report, when it comes to planes that carry more than 70 passengers, estimates based on standard weights published by the CDC will suffice. But new considerations are being given for smaller airliners where passenger and baggage weights need to be more accurate.

However, offering information about one’s weight or being weighed is entirely voluntary. But if a passenger declines to take part, another traveler will be asked by the airline randomly.

FAA would require airlines to determine “standard average passenger weights” through surveys taken as often as every 36 months, states the Aviation analysis organization Air Insight Group.

The weight of an average adult passenger and carry-on bag will be increased to 190 pounds in the summer and 195 pounds in the winter – that’s up 12% from 170 pounds and 175 pounds, Air Insight Group noted of the new FAA standards. Airlines would have to increase the average weight for female passengers and carry-ons from 145 pounds to 179 pounds in the summer and from 150 pounds to 184 pounds in the winter, according to the standards, while the weight for males with carry-ons will go up from 185 pounds in the summer to 200 pounds and from 190 pounds to 205 pounds in the winter.

“The weight of the average passenger can vary from route to route”, acknowledges the FAA, according to View from the Wing.

Joan Kifuko
Joan Kifuko is a communications enthusiast that is currently working as a writer at The Aviator magazine where you find your aviation news in one place. She is a journalist that has previously worked as a sales associate, guest relations officer, brand ambassador hence, the love for new adventures and roles. Joan graduated with a Bachelors degree of science in journalism.
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