Air New Zealand to weigh passengers boarding flights

Air New Zealand to weigh passengers boarding flights

New Zealand’s flag carrier Air New Zealand has introduced pre-boarding weighing for some international flights. The airline will survey approximately 10,000 passengers departing from Auckland to determine average weight, improve its aircraft’s fuel efficiency and ensure overall safety. According to an Air NZ spokesperson, participation by travelers will be voluntary.

Regular Air New Zealand survey weighs passengers before boarding flights | Image via Canva Pro

Regular Air New Zealand survey weighs passengers before boarding flights | Image via Canva Pro

Photo: Times Now DigitalRegular Air New Zealand survey weighs passengers before boarding flights |  Image via Canva Pro

Regular Air New Zealand survey weighs passengers before boarding flights | Image via Canva Pro

Photo: Times Now DigitalSign up for notificationsA New Zealand airline is weighing its passengers before boarding international flights from Auckland. Kiwi flag carrier Air New Zealand has announced that it will survey almost 10,000 passengers to determine the average weight, which would help improve the fuel efficiency of aircraft and make for a safer flight. “For security reasons, we need to know the weight of all items on board the aircraft,” the airline stated on its website. “For passengers, crew, and carry-on baggage, we use average weights that we get every five years through this survey.” Related news PreviousViral video of see-through toilets for ladies in New Zealand bars sparks outrage

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Previously weighing domestic passengers in 2021, NextAir New Zealand is now expanding the voluntary pre-departure weighing measure to include overseas travelers at Auckland Airport (AKL) as international travel is finally released from Covid-19 restrictions. Measuring the average weight of passengers is a “regulatory requirement,” airline spokesman Alastair James said in a press release. “We weigh everything that goes on the plane, from cargo to meals on board to luggage in the hold,” he explained. Kiwi Airlines is required by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority to update data regularly. To estimate the average weight, they can choose to conduct surveys, for example the weight of Air New Zealand passengers, or adopt a standard weight set by the regulator. The current average for passengers aged 13 and over is 86kg – including carriage – in luggage, and was last changed in 2004, down from 77kg, according to the BBC. However, as New Zealanders face a health crisis, with obesity rates in both adults and children rising by three per cent over the past year, the aviation authority requires new numbers to facilitate better weight balance and reduce aircraft fuel consumption. Acknowledging that stepping on a weighing scale can be “daunting”, Air New Zealand assured its customers that their weights will not be displayed, but recorded anonymously. “Participation is entirely voluntary and our staff will guide passengers through the weighing process. This will not delay flights and takes place prior to the departure gate to board your aircraft,” the airline further said. Air New Zealand is not the first flight operator to introduce pre-boarding weighing measures for its passengers. In 2017, the Finnish airline Finnair also conducted a survey to update the average weight of passengers.

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