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Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
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Passengers could be weighed before they get on jets because Americans are getting fatter and the FAA is concerned aircraft may be overloaded.

Airline carriers are tasked with calculating the weight and balance of their aircraft to ensure its within allowable limits for the safety of the plane. 

Increasing obesity rates in the United States, however, dictate that the standard numbers used by the airline industry to average out passenger weight is likely outdated and therefore, unsafe to use.

Weighing select passengers at airports would establish a more accurate number for average passenger weight so the number of seats available on flights can be adjusted accordingly.

The FAA sent out a circular two years ago addressing issues of weight and balance for aircrafts.

Advisory circulars are not binding law, but they do set de facto standards for the airline industry, which could start adhering to the standards soon.

View from the Wing reports that the point of time for potential final action from the FAA has arrived after a public comment period closed last spring.

Monitoring weight and balance for safety reasons on flights is nothing new, but the estimated weight for passengers that has been in use has become outdated as obesity rates in the United States have risen.

The CDC reports the obesity rate in the United States at 42.4 percent in 2017-18, the most recent public data available.



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re: Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
Good.


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OysterPoBoy
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re: Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
Can’t do it, would disproportionately affect women and minorities.


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re: Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
Not against this.


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UpToPar
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re: Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
Just make the fatties buy two seats. Problem solved.


SaintlyTiger88
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re: Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
Wasn’t Southwest Airlines already doing this lol?


777Tiger
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re: Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
been telling you lardasses to get to the gym for years, now do you believe me?


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re: Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
Body/fatshaming motherfrickers.

Don't they know that fat is healthy and/or a social construct?


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BottomlandBrew
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re: Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
It should be done out in the open and have large displays and loud noises, but you know they'll put it behind some partitions to protect privacy.


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re: Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
well I am glad I do not have to worry with that anymore LOL.


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The Third Leg
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re: Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
I would welcome a by-the-weight fare structure.


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re: Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
It's Trumps fault for supporting Big Macs and diet cokes


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Jim Rockford
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re: Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
on commuter flights it's not unusual for them to shift passengers around according to weight.


BR92
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re: Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
Fatties getting charged by the pound sounds like a plan.


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re: Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
Good. I hope this goes all the way to fares being partially based on weight. Just like bag fees.


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TigerstuckinMS
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re: Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
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been telling you lardasses to get to the gym for years, now do you believe me?

How 'bout you worry about the flyin' and I'll worry 'bout the eatin', Flyboy.

Also, if I gotta buy two seats, I want four carry-on bags. I'll clog that fricking line harder than I clog toilets.
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WaterLink
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re: Airlines may start weighing people at the gate amid fears aircrafts are overloaded
How long before some fat gender confused blogger writes a tearful article on how unfair this is?


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