What better time to travel than at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic? Just think about it, no queues, no annoying children at the beach, no one but yourself. Beautiful. Except for one small catch — you might have to step on a scale before setting foot on a plane!
Namely, new guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires airliners to conduct surveys to determine the average weights of passengers, baggage, and crew.
Airliners already estimate the average weight of passengers, bags, and the crew by using calculated averages. However, the average weight changes all the time (and rapidly at that), and this can seriously undermine aircraft safety.
For example, the latest comparative data shows that an average American weighs 4lbs more than a decade ago. And according to the latest CDC data, an average adult male in the US weighs 199.8lbs and the average female 170.8lbs; this data gets updated every four years.
What’s more, Gallup polls show that even though the average body weight of Americans is on the rise, they are less concerned with these excess pounds.
Perhaps if US airliners followed Samoa Air’s example to charge passengers on account of their body weight, Americans might start using their slow cookers and quality food delivery services to regulate their excess pounds.
But, before you start panicking, it’s worth noting that these will be done solely on a voluntary basis. That is, the surveyors will pick random passengers who can refuse to participate in the survey.
So, besides answering your own curiosity, the data will remain highly confidential and used only for the sake of improving onboard safety.