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Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
I am a 26 year old woman who just had a baby six weeks ago and weigh around 135 now and I am five foot and six inches tall. Since I am working on getting my baby weight off, I won't even let my husband know how much I weigh, much less total strangers or an airline- that would make me so angry (even at my regular weight before baby) that I would feel my rights were being violated and would not fly. They would lose my money, a non-overweight customer, and I imagine that it would be this way for many others, too. So I believe they would lose more money if they really considered this. I don't think they realize- overweight people are not the only ones offended by this idea. Airlines would lose a LOT of regular customers. VERY bad idea.
Since 1995, most airlines have assumed a weight of 180 pounds for each adult passenger in summer and 185 pounds in winter; checked bags are assumed to weigh 25 pounds each.
Saying that overloading may have contributed to a fatal plane crash this month in North Carolina, federal aviation officials announced today that thousands of passengers flying on small planes over the next month will have to tell ticket agents how much they weigh, or step on a scale, to check whether existing estimates of average passenger weight are accurate.