LONDON - MARCH 16: A plane comes into land at Heathrow Airport on March 16, 2007 in London. A US government agency has announced that winter in the Northern Hemisphere this year has been the warmest since records began. Air travel continues to be a major source of debate; attempts to slow climate change with radical policies are being tabled by scientists and politicians. Hybrid buses, which use a combination of diesel and electric power, are said to be central to the Mayor and Transport of London's plans for a cleaner, greener bus fleet in London, and aim to start cutting the capital's Carbon Dioxide emissions helping to tackle climate change. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Airlines need to calculate and estimate the weight of their aircrafts to ensure its within allowable limits for the safety of the plane and passengers. Due to rising obesity rates and the population getting heavier, the average weight measurements airlines use to estimate this may be off. As a way to get a better sense of passenger weights, some airlines are considering random survey sampling which could include passengers being weighed at the gates.

Weighing random passengers at the gate would establish a more accurate number for average passenger weight so the airline can operate safely.  Would you be cool with an airline weighing you at the gate before a flight?


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