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An airline is to start weighing passengers before they board

Uzbekistan Airways is to weigh passengers, hand luggage and all.

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GETTING YOUR BAGS weighed is a stressful experience for any airline passenger.

Now, imagine how stressful it would be if it was you, not your luggage, that was up on the scales.

Uzbekistan Airways, the national flag carrier of the central Asian country, is to weigh passengers, hand luggage and all.

In a statement, they say:

“According to the rules of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airlines regularly carry out procedures preflight check weighing of passengers and carry-on baggage to comply with requirements to ensure safety.

“After completing the check-in and before boarding the aircraft, we will offer you undergo the procedure on special weighing scales installed in the gate area.

“The registration form weighing results will be available only to the category of passenger (man, woman, child). The rest is guaranteed complete confidentiality of the results.”

However, the IATA told CNN it was not aware of any such rule.

“We are not aware of an IATA rule concerning the weighing of passengers and their hand luggage prior to flight,” said Chris Goater, manager of IATA corporate communications.

“All airlines have policies in place for load calculations, weight and balance of their aircraft. These policies in turn are subject to the rules and regulations of their national aviation regulator.”

In 2012, Samoa Air introduced a pay-as-you-weigh system that remains in place today. Their slogan is “A kilo is a kilo is a kilo”.

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