Everyone knows it is a dangerous game to ask anyone, especially a woman, about their weight.
Apparently, Air New Zealand doesn’t give one care about anyone’s feelings or their own safety, as they are weighing passengers before overseas flights.
Look, no one wants to get on an 8-hour flight over a large body of water between two larger bodies of, well, water. However, it happens. It is just one of the drawbacks of flying coach, and in Joe Biden’s America, we have to save a buck any way we can!
Now New Zealand Airlines is weighing passengers, but while that might seem sketchy, it sort of serves a purpose. Check this out.
Air New Zealand says that they are asking 10,000 passengers to step on scales before they board international flights in order to better assess capacity data. “We weigh everything that goes on the aircraft — from the cargo to the meals onboard, to the luggage in the hold,” said Alastair James, a specialist for the airline. “For customers, crew and cabin bags, we use average weights, which we get from doing this survey,” he continued.
Air New Zealand To Weigh Passengers Boarding Their Planes.
New Zealand is making a controversial move begin weighing passengers who are getting on a flight, in order to better understand how passenger weight can affect load and distribution on planes.
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Now, before you decide to protest Air New Zealand Bud Light style, they do have a good reason for doing their weigh-ins. No one wants to be on a plane that is overloaded with weight on one side or the other. Plus, these flights can only hold so much poundage. We all just assume an airplane can handle whatever, and we are good to just strap in, have a snack, and pick our toenails.
Not so fast. These planes, particularly on overseas flights, have to balance their weight against their fuel. There aren’t any gas stations in the middle of the ocean. The last thing anyone really wants is actually to have to assist other passengers from the emergency seats. That’s a hard no, even though I say yes.
Historically, the country’s aviation authority has used an estimated number on what humans and passengers weigh. For those over 13-years-old, they are supposed to weigh 190 pounds (including carry-on luggage) or less.
The airline says that the information won’t be “flying on a screen in front of everyone,” meaning you can find out how fat you are and then sit in misery for your 5 hour flight wondering where it all went wrong.
On the last flight I was on, three-quarters of the passengers last saw 190 pounds during the last Obama administration. While food is more expensive now and people should be eating less, it hasn’t translated to the airlines yet.
When you factor in the snacking and the people trying to hack the system by wearing five layers of clothing, then you have a very portly plane.
Even though the airline isn’t displaying the weight, people know who they are. There will be plenty of awkward looks and uncomfortable glances, but it is for a good reason. No one wants a water landing. Not even the emergency row fanatics.
Now if we can keep Lizzo off of any New Zealand flights, maybe we can get somewhere.
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