Fliers at most airlines are used to having their bags weighed before checking them, however one airline has now announced it will also weigh passengers and their carry-ons before boarding.
"Please be informed that Uzbekistan Airways airline carries out the procedure of preflight weighing for determination of the average weight of passenger with hand baggage,” company officials posted to their website Friday, Yahoo Travel reported
The airline made it clear that "the full confidentiality of results is guaranteed," and that the weight log would only reflect passenger categories such as male or female.
The Uzbek airline did not give any reason for the new procedure, but did cite one rule from the International Air Transport Association (IATA): "Airlines are obliged to carry out the regular procedures of preflight control passengers weighing with hand baggage to observe requirements for ensuring flight safety."
ABC News reached out
to the airline and IATA for more information. The airline did not respond. A spokesperson for the international association, however, did respond, saying it was "not aware" of an IATA rule about weighing passengers and hand luggage prior to the flight.
"All airlines have policies in place for load calculations, weight and balance of their aircraft," said IATA spokesman Perry Flint.
"These policies in turn are subject to the rules and regulations of their national aviation regulator," Flint said, emphasizing individual rules often set by different countries.
Metro (UK) reported
that Samoa Air — which tends to use smaller aircrafts —began charging passengers by weight in 2012.
"The airline also introduced the 'Samoa XL' row that is designated for passengers who weigh more than 286 pounds (130 kilograms). In addition to the extra cost, these seats are also two inches wider," wrote Yahoo.
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