Finnair Begins Weighing Passengers

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In a tweet, Finnair announced that they are asking passengers to be voluntarily weighed before flights. The airline assures passengers that they’re not preparing to charge more for larger passengers. "For us, this has nothing to do with ticket pricing or anything like that,” says Päivyt Tallqvist, director of communications at Finnair. The Scandinavian carrier wants the data to make their weight and balance calculations more accurate. So far, 180 have volunteered, says Tallqvist. The airline believes 2,000 measurements will be sufficient to understand the range of its passenger weights.

As with U.S. carriers, European airlines are permitted to use an estimated passenger weight for calculating the takeoff weight of their aircraft. The standard passenger weights vary by season and gender, including carry-on baggage and each passenger’s pro rata share of infants under two years-old carried on laps. With more accurate passenger weight data, the airline may be able to carry additional cargo or passengers.

Comments (4)

Heavier passengers are less likely to volunteer to be weighed so their data will be biased toward the light side.

Posted by: jvo fnr | November 3, 2017 9:32 PM    Report this comment

Just add load cells to the seats. Problem solved.

Posted by: Tom Yarsley | November 4, 2017 9:24 AM    Report this comment

Here come the videos of obese people being dragged off airliners.

Posted by: John Burnaby | November 6, 2017 2:33 PM    Report this comment

Who is checking if an honest Weight And Balance is ever done at our major Airlines. I read the weight of many if not most Americans average 200 lbs. plus those big bags. To be close to the mark, my guess is, we would need to remove 15% of passengers from those sardine cans. In my mind it would appear FAA is in bed with the big operators. I could be wrong hopefully. Back in the day we weighed passenger and bags on RAF flights. It was very quick to go over gross for takeoff.

Posted by: Okiver Downey | November 6, 2017 5:02 PM    Report this comment

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