Finnair will weigh passengers throughout 2018 to measure accurate passenger load

Published on : Friday, November 3, 2017

FinnairPassengers flying with the national airline from Helsinki airport have been asked to step onto weighing scales prior to boarding.


Which was initially thought to a Ryanair affair, Finnair took the lead of this voluntary scheme where passengers were requested to scale their weight  prior to boarding. Those who don’t want to do it are still allowed to fly as this scheme to gather data on passenger weight would help to calculate fuel and safety accurately. To date, FinnAir has used European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) passenger standard weight estimates, which calculate 88kg for a male passenger, 70kg for a female, 35kg for a child – plus carry-on bags for each. The estimates were put together in 2009.



Till now, 180 passengers have volunteered to weigh in, along with their carry-on luggage, however, they would need 2000 more to understand the payloads properly.



In 1980s, Finnair conducted a similar study.



This time, the airline is trying to target about 180 passengers every Tuesday and Wednesday and the scheme would continue for the whole year of 2018. It will help to see how average weights change with the seasons, as flyers discard heavy coats and travel lighter in summer.



The best part about the project is that it would remain voluntary and anonymous. The only person to see the passengers’ weights are the customer service agent at the desk.



The EASA’s weight estimates reveal a number of interesting variables between passengers. Male passengers in first class tend to weigh more than in economy for example, with the reverse true for women. On average, hand luggage weights 6.1kg but falls heavily in the summer months. Men carry heavier items onboard than women.

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