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Passengers Could Be Weighed At Airports To Cut Down Fuel Costs

Passengers Could Be Weighed At Airports To Cut Down Fuel Costs

Holidaymakers could soon be weighed before boarding flights, in a bid to cut carbon emissions and reduce costs.

While it has long been proven how important it is for flight companies to measure the weight on board for flight safety and efficiency, the idea of forcing people to hit the scales before they go through security is controversial, and quite uncomfortable, in itself.

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However, one British tech start-up reckons it's got the answer to all of these problems, with the development of an innovative technology that could discreetly weigh passengers in a bid to cut fuel costs and emissions and boost flight safety.

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Fuel Matrix - a startup founded by CEO Roy Fuscone - is said to be in talks with several UK airlines to introduce tactful 'pressure pads' to calculate the weight of passengers as they pass through an airport so that the exact fuel needed for each flight can be calculated.

The hidden pads would operate either at check-in or could even be placed at self-service luggage drop-offs, overcoming the issue of appearing insensitive to customers. Not only could this increase flight safety, but it could also cut down the environmental impact of each flight.

As it stands, airlines currently estimate how much fuel they need based on average weights for each customer - 88kg (13.8 stone) for men, 70kg (11 stone) for women and 35kg (5.5 stone) for children.

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However, Fuel Matrix says that this method is no longer accurate and flights often burn up more fuel than is needed. If they could adopt this new method and work out the exact weight, savings of fuel could allegedly amount to as much as £750 million worldwide.

Nick Brasier, chief operating officer of the Berkshire startup, told The Independent: "More airports and airlines are moving towards self-service bag drops, where the passenger uses a screen-based system to weigh their baggage on scales and answer questions about its contents.

However, Fuel Matrix says that this method is no longer accurate and flights often burn up more fuel than is needed. If they could adopt this new method and work out the exact weight, savings of fuel could allegedly amount to as much as £750 million worldwide.

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Credit: Pexels

Nick Brasier, chief operating officer of the Berkshire startup, told The Independent: "More airports and airlines are moving towards self-service bag drops, where the passenger uses a screen-based system to weigh their baggage on scales and answer questions about its contents.

"We're not suggesting people should stand on the scales, but airports could fit 'pressure pads' in the bag-drop area in front of each screen.

"After the bag has been checked in, the system can ask, 'Are you standing on the pressure pad?'.

"If the passenger taps 'Yes', then the weight can be recorded and passed confidentially to the airline."

Heavier passengers wouldn't be charged extra under this proposed scheme if airlines do decide to adopt it at their locations across the UK.

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Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on emma.rosemurgey@pretty52.com

 

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