Well, this seems awkward in the human rights department...
Luckily so far, it's not in America. Uzbekistan Airlines will begin a new policy of weighing passengers shortly before take off on a scale with their luggage, according to TIME.
“According to the rules of International Air Transport Association, airlines are obliged to carry out the regular procedures of preflight control passengers weighing with hand baggage to observe requirements for ensuring flight safety,” according to TIME. The procedure was apparently listed on their website, but has since been removed.
According to CNN, Chris Goater, manager of IATA said the following in an e-mail, disputing the new rule: "We are not aware of an IATA rule concerning the weighing of passengers and their hand luggage prior to flight." Mark Murphy, TravelPulse.com "weighed in" on the subject with CNN, saying he believes that it's not because of safety, but so they can know the weight, which Murphy said it's an invasion of privacy.
Could America adopt this policy? Murphy says no. And if so, does that mean you'll have to pay to be overweight? Currently, if you're already overweight, they have requested that you buy another seat, which is already sort of discriminatory. PublicHealth.org says that Obesity in America has increased, saying that it's because of portion control. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that the average American ate almost 20% more calories in the year 2000 than they did in 1983, thanks, in part, to a boom in meat consumption."
Murphy says that he doesn't think that a policy like this would "fly" in the U.S., but we've already seen some weird fee requests from airlines in the past like checked bag fees, high fees for flying with a pet, instruments needing their own passenger seat, and an extra fee for extra legroom. So who's to say what these crazy airlines will do next!
Paying more next to the window seat? Paying for in-flight wifi? Hopefully not paying for your carry-on's!
Guess it's just another reason to start eating healthier... just in case they want to weigh you up before you go-go.
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