Bid to weigh passengers at airports
A British company is pushing for all passengers to be weighed before they board their flights.
But the reason is not what you’re probably thinking and has nothing to do with obesity problems.
The company, Fuel Matrix, is aiming to save the planet unnecessary carbon emissions and airlines money.
Fuel Matrix says it has the technology to calculate the actual weight an aircraft is carrying, rather than an estimated weight, to ensure the correct fuel uplift. Instead of relying on current estimates –about 88 kilograms for men and 70 kilograms for women, as set by the European Aviation Safety Agency – an airline would know exactly what the passengers and luggage on board weigh. That might mean taking on less fuel.
Lonely Planet reports that the company is in talks with airports in the United Kingdom to figure out “discreet” methods of determining a passenger's weight.
Passengers' privacy would be safeguarded, the company says.
While the Fuel Matrix technology is new, the concept of weighing passengers isn't. In 2013, Samoa Air became the first airline to weigh passengers and charge a variable kilogram-per-kilometre rate.