A Thai airline began weighing passengers and their luggage before boarding

(Reuters) (YARA NARDI/)

A thai airline implemented a procedure for weighing passengers before boarding, a measure that will be in effect until October 31 and which, according to the company, seeks to improve flight safety.

In a statement issued by the airline, Bangkok Airways clarifies that the practice complies with the guidelines established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The main objective of this initiative is facilitate the exact calculation of takeoff weighta fundamental factor to guarantee the safety and precision of flight operations, as well as ensuring optimal use of fuel.

The weight measurement process is carried out at the boarding gate just before boarding the plane and is optional. According to the airline, All data collected through this process will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. The portal Thai PBS indicated that the purpose is to improve the accuracy and reliability of flight operations by improving data, and the company trusts that passengers will support and collaborate in the collection of information.

The initiative follows in the footsteps of other global carriers, such as Korean Air and Air New Zealand, which have already integrated similar weight measurement procedures into their pre-boarding routines, also on an optional basis.

Not only the luggage will be weighed before the flight (Reuters)
Not only the luggage will be weighed before the flight (Reuters) (MICHELE TANTUSSI/)

Bangkok Airways has a strong network of scheduled services connecting various destinations in Asia, including Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam. With its main hub at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, the airline serves as a vital link for travelers exploring the region’s vibrant cultures and landscapes.

From the airlines’ side, they indicate that knowing the exact weight is vital for calculating takeoffs and other sections of the flight. However, critics point out that the data is not so relevant compared to the weight of the fuel and the ship.

According to the US Federal Aviation Administration, the average weight of male and female air passengers was updated based on a 2017 survey, with an average of 88.4 kilograms for men and 70.3 kilograms for women. . For its part, La Vanguardia reported that in the European Union a study showed in 2022 an average of 80 kilos for men and 68 for female passengers.