As if flying wasn’t already bad enough, an airline has decided to make the experience even more dreadful by requiring passengers to be weighed before boarding.
Uzbekistan Airways is now requiring passengers to stand on weighing machines with their carry-on luggage before boarding the plane so airline employees will know the total weight of the plane before the flight.
The company says this policy is for safety requirements and won’t reveal the weight of individual passengers, but if an overweight individual is deemed too heavy that could mean they will not be allowed to board busy flights on smaller planes, the Daily Mail notes.
Uzbekistan detailed more of the new requirement in a statement released last week.
According to the laws of the International 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.
After passing check-in on a flight and prior to boarding into the aircraft, we will ask you to pass the weighing procedure with a special weighing machine placed in the departure gate zone.
The weighing record will only contain the corresponding passenger category (i.e. male/ female/ children). As for the rest, the full confidentiality of results is guaranteed.