More than 10,000 passengers flying with Air New Zealand throughout June will be required to step on a scale before boarding.
The airline is looking for riders on its international network to participate in the passenger weight survey.
According to Air New Zealand, this is an “essential” initiative to ensure the “safe and efficient operation of aircraft”, and is also a requirement of the Civil Aviation Authority of this country.
Domestic network flyers were considered in 2021 and now that international flights have resumed post-pandemic, it’s time for international passengers to consider.
EQUAL independence previously reported, weighing every passenger before a flight can enhance safety and reduce the environmental harm caused by each flight; Currently, airlines use “assumed mass”, which estimates the total weight of passengers using fixed figures.
The airline is keen to reassure passengers who may be hesitant about weighing – while carrying hand luggage – that there is nothing to worry about.
“We know stepping on the scale can be difficult. We want to reassure our customers that no screens are visible anywhere. No one can see your weight – not even us. It’s completely anonymous,” said Alastair James, Air New Zealand’s payload control innovation specialist.
“It’s simple, it’s voluntary, and by consideration, you’ll help us get you anywhere safely and efficiently.”
Mr. James explained that before each takeoff, the pilot needs to know the weight and balance of the plane.
“We weigh everything on board, from cargo to in-flight meals, to cabin baggage. For passengers, crew and carry-on baggage, we use the average weight we obtained from this survey.”
The survey will take place at the gate lounge entrance of select Air New Zealand flights departing from Auckland International Airport until 2 July 2023.
Earlier this month, a woman on Tiktok recounted the moment a travel companion was asked to step on a baggage scale to weigh before boarding.