time to weigh in: airline puts passengers on scale before boarding
\"But an airline has put passengers on the scale before they board the plane.
\"Please note that Uzbek airlines performs pre-flight weighing procedures to determine the average weight of passengers carrying hand luggage,\" company officials posted on their website on Friday.
They are not the first airline to enact this controversial policy.
In 2013, Samoa Airlines became the first airline to weigh passengers at the airport before boarding.
However, unlike Uzbek Airlines, the price of a ticket for Samoa is directly related to the weight of the passenger.
It is unclear why the airline has adopted this policy, and company officials have not responded to requests for comment from ABC News.
International Association of Air Transport (IATA)
Rules in policy.
\"The airline is obliged to carry out routine procedures for pre-flight control of passenger weighing with hand luggage to comply with the requirements to ensure flight safety,\" the airline said . \".
IATA, a trade association representing the global aviation industry, told ABC News that they \"don\'t know\" the rules for IATA to weigh passengers and hand luggage before flying.
\"All airlines have policies for aircraft load calculation, weight and balance,\" IATA spokesman Perry Flint told ABC News . \".
\"These policies, in turn, are subject to the rules and regulations of the national aviation regulatory authority.
\"But don\'t worry: no one will know about last night\'s burger spree except you and the weighing machine.
After passing the inspection
\"During flight and before boarding, we will recommend that you weigh the program by a dedicated weighing machine placed in the gate area,\" the website wrote . \".
\"The weighing records will contain only the corresponding passenger categories (i. e.
As for the rest, full secrecy of the results is guaranteed.