The debate obese travelers is about to heat up yet again, as one international airline announced this week its decisions to begin weighing passengers prior to boarding their flight.
Uzbekistan Airlines will be installing a "special weighing machine" at departure gates that will allow their attendants to weigh both the passenger and their luggage.
A statement on their official website reads:
“According to the rules of International Air Transport Association, airlines are obliged to carry out the regular procedures of preflight control passengers weighing with hand baggage to observe requirements for ensuring flight safety."
So what will happen when someone goes above the maximum allotted weight?
Uzbekistan Airways has yet to clarify the new guidelines or the possibility of 'overweight penalties', but if they organize their program like other similar ones have been set up in the past, these passengers may very well have to pay a little extra.
Samoa Air began a pay-as-you-weigh program in 2012, which charges passengers for their combined luggage and personal weight, citing that "A kilo is a kilo is a kilo!"
How do you feel about this type of regulation? Do you feel that charging by collected weight is the fairest way to go about things? Or do you find that it's discriminating to overweight and obese passengers?