American Airlines May Start Weighing Passengers Before Boarding

Airline passengers in the United States may be weighed at boarding gates to avoid overloading, according to a report.

Aircraft are required to ensure a safe weight before taking off and factor in averages for passengers and crew, as well as cargo and fuel.

This comes amidst growing concerns that Americans are getting heavier and airlines may have to revisit estimates on how much cargo each plane is carrying for the sake of safety.

According to the report, when it comes to planes that carry more than 70 passengers, estimates based on standard weights published by the CDC will suffice. But new considerations are being given for smaller airliners where passenger and baggage weights need to be more accurate.

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