As obesity rates in the United States rise, airlines are contemplating weighing people before flights, according to KHON2. According to FOX Business, the Federal Aviation Administration is afraid that flights may get overloaded.
According to industry analysts, the country’s rising obesity rates have rendered the data used by airlines for safety assessments obsolete.
They claim that weighing people at airports would be a more accurate means of deciding whether it is safe for the plane to take off. The FAA released a document two years ago addressing airplane weight and balance problems.
According to FOX Business, the new FAA guidelines boost the weight of an average adult passenger and carry-on luggage to 190 pounds in the summer and 195 pounds in the winter, up from 170 pounds and 175 pounds previously.
Obesity in the United States was 42.4 percent in 2017-18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most latest official data available.