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Finland’s national carrier Finnair asks passengers to weigh themselves before boarding

Almost everything that gets onto a commercial plane – fuel, checked-in baggage, cargo and meals – is weighed. For passengers and their cabin bags, most airlines use average data.

But Finland’s national carrier Finnair this week started asking passengers to voluntarily and anonymously hop onto a scale with their hand luggage at the country’s main airport in Helsinki, the airline said. The aim is to get their own figures.

Finnair has begun voluntarily weighing passengers.

“We will need data for both winter season and for summer season – in winter season people typically have heavier clothing, which impacts weights,” Finnair spokeswoman Paivyt Tallqvist told The Associated Press, adding that the survey would last until May.

Passengers boarding onto European and long-haul flights won’t be “penalised for their weight” and “the numbers are kept discreet, away from prying eyes”, she added.

So far, about 800 people have joined the survey, and those who agree to take part receive a small gift – a reflective baggage tag, Tallqvist said.

Airlines can either use official data from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, known as EASA, or do their own standard weight measurements, Tallqvist said. Finnair has chosen the latter, but safety authorities require that the survey be renewed every five years. The last time Finnair weighed passengers was in 2018.

Passengers in the departures hall at Helsinki airport in Finland.

Passengers in the departures hall at Helsinki airport in Finland.Credit: iStock

In June, New Zealand’s national airline, Air New Zealand, also weighed passengers before boarding.

The weight figures will be sent to the Finnish transport and communications agency later this year and will be used for balancing aircraft and loading calculations for the period running from 2025 until 2030.

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