If you have booked your summer vacation to Uzbekistan aboard that country’s very own Uzbekistan Airways, you might want to put down that Quarter Pounder with cheese you are slurping on. That’s because the airline has just announced that along with luggage, it will be weighing passengers aboard all of its flights. While many travelers have become accustom to having their bags weighed, this airline will start weighing people on scales located at their departure zone in order to determine how much weight the aircraft will be carrying. Noted fat frequent flyer and filmmaker Kevin Smith is going to be pissed.
Hopefully they make the weight limit.
The airline says that all personal weight information taken will be strictly confidential, with only the weight amount and corresponding “male or female” listed. In a statement Uzbekistan Airways said that:
“According to the rules of International Air Transport Association, airlines are obliged to carry out the regular procedures of preflight control passengers weighing with hand baggage to observe requirements for ensuring flight safety,”
Yeah, yeah, he’s from bordering Kazakhstan, close enough.
Now some of you might be thinking that if they are doing this for flight safety in Uzbekistan then why are they not weighing all the tubby tub tubs that board the airplane, sitting next to me here in ‘Merica?! Others of you might be thinking “Oh heeeel no.”
The only problem with this the plan to follow the rule of weighing passengers is that this is not a thing. The International Air Transport Association responded to Uzbekistan Airways’ announcement by saying that they do not have any rules in place requiring airlines to weigh passengers. Maybe someone at Uzbekistan Airways just wanted to get a list with weights and genders so they could have a rundown of who the hot passengers are.
Would you fly on an airline that required you to be weighed to board?
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