Air New Zealand to weigh passengers before they board the airplane

That’s right: New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority is asking that its national airline weigh passengers departing on international flights from Auckland International Airport through July 2, 2023.

The program, which Air New Zealand calls a passenger weight survey, is a way to gather data on the weight load and distribution for planes, the airline said.

“We weigh everything that goes on the aircraft – from the cargo to the meals onboard, to the luggage in the hold,” Alastair James, the airline’s load control improvement specialist said in a statement. “For customers, crew and cabin bags, we use average weights, which we get from doing this survey.”

Still, weight is a personal thing that not everyone wishes to disclose. In order to protect individuals’ privacy, the airline says it has made the data anonymous.

Source: Air New Zealand to weigh passengers before they board the airplane | CNN

This is pretty relevant because the standard passenger weight is given in tables which are  slightly outdated. So if there are > adult 30 passengers, they are expected to weigh 84kg each including hand luggage. Holiday charters can calculate using 76kg. Baggage is expected to be 13kg within the EU. These figures seem extremely light to me.

Robin Edgar

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