Airlines consider weighing passengers before flights


(WJW) — Airlines are considering weighing passengers before flights as obesity rates are climbing.

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According to FOX Business, the Federal Aviation Administration is concerned that planes may end up being overloaded.

Industry observers reportedly say the country’s climbing obesity rates have made the numbers the airlines use for their safety calculations, outdated.

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They say weighing passengers at airports would be a more accurate way of determining if it’s safe for the plane to take off.

FOX Business says the new FAA standards increase the weight of an average adult passenger and carry-on bag to 190 pounds in the summer and 195 pounds in the winter, which is up 12% from 170 pounds and 175 pounds.

Passengers would be selected at random and can choose to opt out, according to the report from FOX Business.


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