In a noteworthy move, Korean Air has introduced a pioneering procedure that involves weighing passengers prior to their boarding as a part of what they term a “temporary safety measure.”
Measuring the Average Weight of Passengers
Prominently featured on its website, the airline’s announcement originally read, “Korean Air will be measuring the average weight of passengers along with their carry-on items for flight safety.”
Commitment to Flight Safety
This deliberate step taken by the airline shows its commitment to adhering to local aviation regulations, a detail reported by none other than USA Today.
‘Page Not Found’
However, as of the latest perusal, the specific webpage containing this crucial information seems to have encountered an issue, displaying the standard “page not found” error upon access attempts.
Why Are They Doing This?
Behind this unusual procedure lies a compelling reason – compliance with the regulations set forth by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport’s aviation branch.
They’re Weighing Everyone and Everything
This regulatory body mandates that airlines evaluate standardized weights of passengers, encompassing not just their physical mass but also factoring in their carry-on possessions, as elegantly detailed by Korea JoongAng Daily.
There Will Be Two Phases
The implementation of this procedure, overseen by Korean Air staff, is scheduled to transpire in two phases.
The First Wave
For domestic flights originating from Gimpo Airport, the process will start from August 28 to September 6.
Followed by the Incheon International Airport
Subsequently, the new process will be extended to Incheon International Airport between September 8 and 16.
They’re Not the Only Airline to Do This
To clarify the reasoning behind this move, Korean Air provided a statement to USA Today, saying, “Korean Air will weigh passengers along with other airlines in Korea to provide data required by Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MOLIT) to update its ‘Aircraft Weight and Balance Management Standards.'”
They Need to Check the Weight Periodically
This initiative aligns with the regulations outlined by the ministry, which require periodic recalibrations of the standard passenger weight.
This is a crucial element in calculating weight distribution on flights.
They Will Be Asked to Step on the Scales
An airline representative shared additional insights with Korea JoongAng Daily, emphasizing, “Korean Air passengers will be asked to step on scales with their carried-on items at each boarding gate.”
Passengers Identities Will Be Secret
The representative emphasized that this data collection process will guarantee anonymity for passengers and is earmarked primarily for survey and data-gathering purposes.
Passengers Won’t Pay More for Being Heavier
It’s important to note that this procedure has been designed to ensure that passengers’ weights do not correlate with fare adjustments.
Providing reassurance to travelers, the intention here is solely focused on improving operational efficiency and ensuring adherence to regulatory requirements.
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Source: USA Today