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Air New Zealand announces plan to weigh passengers before boarding

Air New Zealand announces plan to weigh passengers before boarding

The recent announcement of Air New Zealand’s new policy of weighing international passengers prior to takeoff.

Air New Zealand will conduct a global weight survey between May 29 and July 2, 2023, in which it will ask more than 10,000 international travelers to stand on a scale. The airline calls the weigh-in an “essential” activity, saying that the country’s civil aviation authority mandates weight surveys be carried out every five years to review the weight load and distribution for flights.

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Alastair James, Load Control Improvement Specialist at Air New Zealand, emphasizes that the pilot must know the weight and balance of the loaded aircraft before each take-off. “We weigh everything that goes on the plane, from cargo to meals on board to luggage in the hold.”We use average weights obtained from this study for customers, crew, and cabin luggage.”

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There’s nothing to worry about for customers who hesitate to step onto the scales. Getting on the scales may be daunting, as we all know. There is no display anywhere, and we wish to reassure our customers of that. Nobody, not even us, is able to see your weight! According to Mr. James, it is entirely anonymous. By participating, you will help us fly you safely and effectively each time. It’s easy and voluntary.

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