One woman recounted the moment a travel companion was asked to step on a baggage scale to weigh before boarding.
Lillian, who goes by the username @lilwessel on TikTok, recently uploaded a photo of the incident, showing a woman leaning forward and standing on what appears to be a baggage balance as a yard worker fly look at.
“The whole airport was trying to mind their own business when a woman was asked to step on the BAGGAGE WEIGHT because she claimed to weigh 130 lbs,” Lillian wrote in the text caption on the video. .
In the clip’s caption, she added that the airline was supposed to know the weight of each passenger because it was a “tiny plane”.
“It was a small plane so they needed our weight to take off for safety reasons,” she wrote.
The video, which has since been viewed more than 1.6 million times, has garnered interest from viewers, with many mourning for the woman over the alleged incident.
“Airports are out of control,” one person commented, while another said: “What a disgrace omg wtf.”
“Since when do we have to declare our weight when we fly?? someone else asked.
One viewer went so far as to suggest that it is “illegal for airlines to even consider the weight of individual passengers”.
Others shared their own experiences of being weighed by an airline, with many revealing that they were “embarrassed” by the incident.
“Flighted home from the Philippines and they weighed me… I have never felt so embarrassed in my life,” one person wrote.
Another said: “Once they kicked a very heavy man off my plane and he cried. Feels bad but it’s a 16 seater. There’s no way he’s flying.
The video also sparked criticism of Lillian, with many criticizing TikToker for posting a photo of the tourist appearing to be being weighed.
“You guys need to stop taking pictures of strangers and posting them online, it’s so weird and disrespectful,” wrote one, while another said: “It’s despicable to take pictures of her and post them online. “
Although many people were annoyed by the video, others defended the airline on the grounds that weight “really matters for a small plane”.
“Weight and balance really matter on small planes!!” One commented, while another said: “I mean, they have to make sure it’s balanced if it’s a smaller plane.”
“They weighed my wallet on Cape Air… it’s not personal… it’s life or death,” another wrote.
A typical example is the Federal Aviation Administration of the US Department of Transportation (USA).FAA) recommends that airlines use measurement guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to determine an aircraft’s take-off weight.
The FAA also recommends that, instead of weighing passengers, airline staff should give a “reasonable estimate of the passenger’s actual weight and add 10 lbs,” according to the FAA. NJ.com.
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