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Flawless or abominable?Finnair weighs passengers at check-in

To ensure safest calculations for fueling and flying planes

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HELSINKI, Finland - As part of its effort to analyse if the previous average height and weight of a man and woman recorded by the European Aviation Safety Agency is still valid - a Finnish airline has devised a strategy for perfection.

The Finnish airline Finnair has been weighing select volunteer passengers at check-in, with their outerwear and luggage on, as part of its scientific study.

The airline believes that with obesity rates rising across the world, the average weight of men and women has increased since 2008, when the record were last checked. 

To ensure safest calculations for fueling and flying planes, Finnair has devised this strategy and is trying to make revisions. 

According to reports, the last calculations reported men’s weight at 185 pounds and women at 145 pounds and under 12s at 67 pounds.

Checked baggage meanwhile stood at 37 pounds.

Reports stated that the number for baggage might be lower now as passengers have been trying to skirt as many fees for checked bags as possible.

The airline said that it is not forcing passengers to do their pre-board weigh-in, and as part of the volunteer-based study, they’ve gotten 180 people out of a desired 2,000 people already.

An airline spokesperson said that Finnair is both safety and data-driven, so they want to “have the best possible data in use in aircraft performance and loading calculations.” 

The spokesperson stressed that no one has been bothered by it so far and that, “People understand the importance.”

Further, reports noted that the entire study remains anonymous for passengers.

Before the Helsinki-based Finnair launched this mission, in 2013, Samoa Air began weighing passenger by weight rather than by person, becoming the first airline to do so. 

The airline also created “XL class” for larger passengers.

Then, in 2015, Uzbekistan Airways did the same weighting in for their own research.

Last year, Hawaiian Airlines weighed their passengers to evenly distribute their weight across the plane.

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