Uzbekistan Airways are set to introduce a controversial new policy, where fliers will be weighed before boarding the plane.
The move has been cited for health and safety reasons, with the airline claiming that the results will be kept confidential, with the greatest of discretion being taken.
Fliers will apparently be directed, with their hand luggage, to a ‘special weighing machine’, then being weighed, with their sex and if they are an adult or a child categorised.
The company claimed:
According to the rules of International Air Transport Association, airlines are obliged to carry out the regular procedures of pre-flight control passengers weighing with hand baggage to observe requirements for ensuring flight safety.Advertisement
As of yet, this has not been called a step towards introducing the so called ‘fat tax’ for people who fly with the airline, but given their motto is ‘safety, stability, comfort’, it may only be a matter of time before it is implemented for those who exceed what Uzbekistan Airways deem to be an acceptable weight.