They added that airlines usually determine the weight of their plane with passengers and luggage based on estimates – not on precise weights.
Uzbekistan Airways is cracking down on excess baggage.
Fortune emphasized that Uzbekistan Airways passengers wouldn’t be charged more and couched the procedure as information gathering.
‘According to the laws of the worldwide Air Transport Association, airlines are obliged to carry out regular procedures of pre-flight control such as weighing passengers with hand luggage in order to observe the requirements for ensuring flight safety.
The global Air Transport Association has, however, denied knowledge of such a regulation.
“These policies in turn are subject to the rules and regulations of their national aviation regulator”, Flint said, emphasizing individual rules often set by different countries.
‘The weighing record will only contain the corresponding passenger category (i.e. male/ female/ children).
Whether or not Uzbekistan Airways goes through with its plan to put passengers on the scale before a flight, it wouldn’t be the first airline to do so. “As for the rest, the full confidentiality of results is guaranteed”.
Yet, it remains unclear if the company will penalize or ban overweight passengers from boarding flights.
USA Today noted that Samoa Air started weighing passengers in 2012, with the slogan “A kilo is a kilo is a kilo!”
“What makes airplanes work is weight”.
“All airlines have policies in place for load calculations, weight and balance of their aircraft”, IATA spokesman Perry Flint told ABC News.