Passengers may soon be weighed before boarding flights at check-in desks in a bit to cut carbon emissions and fuel costs.
Company Fuel Matrix is reportedly in talks with airlines in the United Kingdom over the deployment of ‘pressure pads’ that would secretly weigh passengers as they pass through the airport.
The information obtained could then be passed to the flight deck, allowing pilots to determine exactly how much fuel their aircraft needs.
Ideas have ranged from adding pressure pads at security body scan machines or self-service baggage drops.
Airlines need to calculate carefully calculate how much fuel they need for flights. The heavier the load, the more fuel is required.
Adding more fuel is not only expensive but also produces more carbon emissions.
Airlines currently calculate the weight of their passenger by using an estimate based on gender. They allow 70kg for women, 88kg for men and 35kg for children.
However, Fuel Matrix believes the calculation makes airlines use more fuel than they actually needed.
Chief operating officer Nick Brasier said to the Independent that most flights carry about 1 percent more fuel than needed, burning about 0.3 to 0.5 percent more fuel because of extra fuel weight.
This is not the first time the idea of weighing passengers has emerged. In 2015, Uzbekistan Airways announced it would also weigh passengers at check-in desks.
If limits are exceeded, it said some overweight passengers would be excluded from busy flights on smaller aircraft.
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