For several years, airlines have been stopping passengers from boarding their flights if they’re deemed too large to fit in their seats. This makes sense: flying is bad enough as it is, let alone if you’re forced to share your seat with a chunk of your next door seat neighbour’s love handle fat.However, it would appear one airline has taken things to the next level by weighing their customers before they board the plane. Radio New Zealand reported that Hawaiian Airlines has started stopping some heavier passengers on flights between Honolulu and Pago Pago by asking them to step on a scale. If they don’t meet the required weight specifications, they can’t fly.
Passenger David Haleck complained to the radio station after he was weighed and allocated a seat, a process which he was told was to “balance” the aircraft. He said: “Of course Hawaiian is saying that ‘yes it is a safety issue’ but, you know, weight distribution… so have we been flying unsafe for all these years?”So why have Hawaiian Airlines really started to weigh their passengers? According to them, they started weighing their passengers to see if they’d been meeting their weight estimates. To establish their new weight rules, the airline conducted a six-month survey that involved weighing all passengers with their carry-on luggage. A spokesperson said:“The survey results confirmed that our aircraft cabin weight was heavier than projected. This requires us to manage the distribution of weight across each row in our cabin and we have elected to do so by making sure that one seat in each row is either empty or occupied by a traveller under the age of 13.“The decision to assign seats at the airport was made because that is the most efficient way to manage weight distribution. This allows us to make sure that families with children are seated together, for example, and it minimises the confusion created by changing preselected seats.”
Being deemed too fat to fly must be one of the most embarrassing situations in the world. Take a look at this couple, for example, who were so ashamed of their size that they used their flying ban as motivation to lose the weight.