Air New Zealand will weigh passengers prior to boarding; this is why

Air New Zealand will now require certain passengers to be weighed before boarding international flights. This practice already exists for domestic flights.

The aviation industry is embroiled in a major discussion, and it is likely to spark heated debates again.

Air New Zealand will now weigh passengers flying to international destinations and their baggage prior to flight.

According to Air New Zealand, the Civil Aviation Authority mandated that the passenger weighing initiative be a mandatory survey. Its objective is to guarantee the safety and efficient operation of aircraft.

Between May 29 and July 2, passengers on specific Air New Zealand flights departing from Auckland International Airport will be asked to step on the scale.

An Air New Zealand spokesperson confirmed in an email to FOX Television Stations that the passenger stopover is voluntary and no one is required to participate.

They ensured that the data collected would remain completely anonymous to those who chose to do so.

Air New Zealand cargo control enhancement specialist Alastair James said they weigh everything on the plane, including cargo, meals and baggage.

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To determine the weight of the bags of the clients, the crew and the cabin, they are based on the average weights obtained from this survey.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), maintaining proper control of weight and balance is crucial to the safety and efficiency of aircraft.

Overloading an aircraft can lead to several problems, such as reduced speed and angle of climb, decreased cruise speed, compromised maneuverability, and the need for a longer takeoff run at higher speeds.

Air New Zealand had previously carried out passenger weighing for domestic flights in 2021.


Air New Zealand stressed that there is no cause for concern for those who may doubt it. They assured customers that there were no visible weight displays and that the data collected was anonymous.

Air New Zealand aims to obtain scale readings from over 10,000 customers as part of the survey.

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