Finnair to weigh flight passengers at Helsinki airport

- Leadership - Nov 02, 2017

The largest airline in Finland, Finnair, has started weighing passengers before they board flights at Helsinki Airport.

This is not to mandatory and not to penalise passengers, but volunteers can be weighed in order to calculate the total weight of each flight, which will save on operating costs.

Finnair are trying to check if the current estimations of weight they use to compute the amount of fuel are accurate.

The BBC reported the Communications Leader of Finnair, Paivyt Tallqvist, saying: “Airlines know what the aircraft weighs, what the check-in luggage weighs, but not what passengers weigh.”

The airline will need 2,000 individuals to volunteer to have a precise understanding of the average weighted of a regular flight.

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As of 1 Novermber, 180 people have been weighed.

“We want to make sure we have the best possible data at our disposal also in this respect,” Sami Suokas, Manager of Customer Processes at Finnair, told the Helsinki Times.

"That’s why we’re collecting data from our own network.”

According to the European Aviation Safety Agency, the average weight of male passenger is 84.6kg, and a female passenger is 66.5kg.

However, the Helsinki Times reported that the average weights of Finnish passengers are slightly higher: male is 85kg and female is 70kg.

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