If you dread stepping on the scale at your yearly doctor’s appointment, you’re going to hate the latest news in airport travel. After the standard security drill, you—and your carry-on items—will be subject to a public weigh-in—if you’re flying Uzbekistan Airways, at least.
Since the announcement of the new policy, the airline has kept pretty quiet about their decision to make passengers step on a scale pre-flight. All they would say is that the weight data would be kept anonymous and used to help the International Air Transport Association (IATA) ensure flight safety. We’re all for keeping planes safe and comfortable, of course, but other airlines in the U.S. and Europe manage to do so without subjecting passengers to uncomfortable weigh-ins. Instead, they use statistical calculations to estimate their passengers’ weight or ask people to report their weight privately.
Some worry that the new procedure will have a negative effect on passengers, especially those who are trying to lose weight or have severe body insecurities. For now, all we can do is hope that Uzbekistan Airways staff has been properly trained to be respectful to passengers of all weights and sizes and be thankful that the practice isn’t more widespread.