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An airline said it will start weighing some passengers before flights


An airline in Finland says it will begin weighing some of its passengers between late October and early November, according to The Helsinki Times.

The Times on Tuesday reported that Finnair will perform the move on a voluntary basis at Helsinki Airport.

Finnair’s objective is to gather more accurate data about the average weight of its passengers and their carry-on luggage.

The measure – which was first reported by Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat newspaper – will be offered at Helsinki Airport’s departure gates.

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Finnair – which is a majority state-owned airline – contends that up-to-date passenger weight statistics are vital to determining the need for jet fuel, for example.

Helsingin Sanomat on Monday reported that scales will get placed near Helsinki Airport’s departure gates.

The initial goal of the scales will be to weigh 100 to 150 passengers alongside their carry-on luggage.

Finnair’s manager of customer processes said that the company relies upon luggage and passenger weights devised by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in 2009.

“We want to make sure we have the best possible data at our disposal also in this respect,” Sami Suokas said.

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“That’s why we’re collecting data from our own network,” he additionally told Helsingin Sanomat.

The EASA’s 2009 survey found that the average male passenger weighed about 84.6 kilos (or roughly 187 lbs.) alongside an average piece of carry-on luggage.

The average luggage for a male passenger weighed approximately 6.7 kilos (or about 15 lbs.), while an average piece for a female passenger was about 5.9 kilos (or roughly 13 lbs.).

The average female passenger’s weight, in turn, was around 66.6 kilos (or approximately 147 lbs.).

The EASA’s survey weighed nearly 23,000 passengers and 22,500 pieces of luggage before its completion in 2009.

Finnish men typically weighed an average of about 85.5 kilos (or roughly 189 lbs.) in 2012, according to a national health study by Finrisk.

Finrisk also found in 2012 that Finnish women were typically an average of about 70.4 kilos (or approximately 155 lbs.).

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