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Airlines could start weighing passengers before boarding

The idea would be to ask passengers to step on a pressure pad scale, with the data confidentially transmitted back to the airline

April 24, 2019 - 11:27 am
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(KMOX) - A new cost-cutting method from airlines could be to start weighing all passengers before they board a flight.

Airlines currently use estimates to determine how much fuel will be required for each flight based on the number of men, women, and children on board. They then top off the tank with a little extra, just to be safe.

But all that extra weight causes the plane to burn more, costing the companies and adding to carbon emissions.

Across the pond, the British-based Fuel Matrix is in talks with airlines to weigh passengers before boarding, in an effort to have more exact calculations. The discreet weighings could take place in a number of spots inside the airport, including as passengers check in or leave their luggage at self-service bag drops or it could happen as they pass through security scanners.

The idea would be to ask passengers to step on a pressure pad scale, with the data confidentially transmitted back to the airline. 

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