Gamps From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 469 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 10 months 6 hours ago) and read 6423 times:
I was speaking with a bud who works for WHO and recently returned from Bhutan (a small country in Himalayas sandwiched between India and China). He said all passengers were "weighed" during check-in at Paro International Airport when they checked-in. Check-in counters have weigh scales and their weights were duly noted infront of their name in passenger list.
As many of you know Druk Airlines has a small fleet of two planes - BAe146s, and Paro International is supposed to be one of the toughest airports to land/take off. Druk flies to Delhi, Calcutta, Yangon, Bangkok and Kathmandu.
Any other airline with regular scheduled ops has this practice of weighing passengers?
Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 6 hours ago) and read 6386 times:
I can't answer the question.
But there was some rumour that Singapore Airlines Limited weighed their First Class and Raffles Class passengers and assigned gates far or near so that they could get excercise. Highly improbably but a rumour nonetheless.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 6345 times:
Actually right now, several airlines in the US are voluntarily weighing passengers at the gate as part of a FAA study to determine new the weight standards used for weight and balance purposes. This came about after the US Airways Express B1900 crash @ CLT earlier this year, which is belived to have been cause by the a/c being overweight. I have seen Delta doing it on B Concourse @ ATL for the last few weeks.
777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 6350 times:
They weight passengers so they can do load calculations. You'd have to measure the size of passengers if they needed to know how many seats they take up.
The less people you have the less the weights of people averages out. With smaller aircraft with strict C of G limits and take off weight limits the weight of individual passengers can be a big issue. Weight passengers has been done regularly by passenger-carrying light aircraft and for smaller turboprops. A BAe-146 seems pretty large though - if they're weighing every passenger on a BAe-146 then the minimums must be pretty tight.
ThreeWests From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 4 hours ago) and read 6229 times:
I dont know about now, but when I lived in Montana, Big Sky Airlines(GQ), would ask how much you weighed at check in and then assign your seat. If I remember right they were flying Metros at the time and the explaination had to do with weight and balance.
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5933 times:
I'm just waiting for the day that Ryanair announces "New policy: Each passenger is allowed a 10 kg luggage bag, 5 kg of hand luggage in the cabin, as well as up to 5 kg of presonal overweight (related to his/her size by the BMI - body mass index). Every kilogram above those restrictions is charged at 4 pounds or 6 Euros per kilo"
Ntspelich From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5914 times:
I couldn't tell you which airline it was, but I recall my parents telling me that on their honeymoon in the US Virgin Islands in the late 1970's they were weighed before getting on their connecting flight from SJU to whichever island they were vacationing on. Apparently, there were quite a few honeymooning couples on the flight, none of which got to sit together so that the weight could be distributed properly.
United 717 heavy, you're facing the wrong way. Any chance you can powerback to get off of my deice pad?
Ex_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1436 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5760 times:
I've been weighed for a Merpati Air puddlehopper in a remote airport in Indonesia. It was done for weight and balance requirements esp for small aircraft operating in remote airports with difficult conditions.
A few weeks ago, the Wall St Journal ran an article about how the FAA wants to increase the notional weight of the average adult from the current 77kgs to (I think) 82kgs. This weight includes handluggage and clothes. Airlines are apparently trying to fight this because it means more payload restrictions. My guess is that Jetblue and others are weighing paxs to see if they have a case against the FAA.
Oh, and Singapore_Air's rumour, by the way, is 100% untrue.
UA777lover From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5712 times:
I know that Southworst....er Southwest and Air Canada will, at the gate agents discretion, charge larger people a 2nd seat. I don't think that gets you extra peanuts, drinks or airline miles. Not sure if the policy has been enforced, but I fear that in the age of cutbacks and service cuts, this may be an unfortunate trend. Maybe this will help kick start a health trend in the US and Canada to get rid of that "excess baggage" that a lot of us carry on board.
Tekelberry From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1459 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5677 times:
My guess is that Jetblue and others are weighing paxs to see if they have a case against the FAA.
If that's why they're doing it, they must be stupid.
If it's voluntary the only people that would do it would be people that weren't embarassed about their weight. Unless they had some sort of scale where the numbers were completely secret and it just registered in the computer without telling either the gate agent or the passenger, the "survey" is flawed.
Trident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1015 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5584 times:
I have been weighed when flying on Aurigny's Trislanders. I am quite a big lad, and I accept that it is all to do with balance and nothing else. The good side is that a couple of times I have ended up sitting next to the pilot!
Stefandotde From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5550 times:
When i was in Alaska i flew to a lake - from Ketchikan. Was panoramic-plane, i think a Dash 4 or something like that.
They wanted to know weight of each passenger, but didn't they didn't weigh them.
Also Lufthansa did it about 20 years ago to get average-weight of their passengers.