Why is Finnair weighing people?
In a unique move to enhance flight safety and efficiency, Finnair, a leading European airline, has initiated a voluntary weigh-in program for passengers at its Helsinki Airport hub. This initiative aims to refine the airline’s weight estimates for planes before takeoff, providing a more accurate calculation of the total weight onboard.
A New Approach to Flight Safety
Finnair’s innovative approach involves weighing volunteer passengers along with their carry-on bags at the departure gate. The collected data is anonymous, ensuring passenger privacy. The weigh-ins are not linked to individual bookings or passenger data, and only the staff member at the gate can see the weight.
The trial began with a positive response, with 800 volunteers participating within the first few days. The airline plans to weigh 1,200 passengers for the winter season and more for the summer, aiming to account for seasonal variations in passenger and luggage weight.
The Importance of Accurate Weight Estimates
Accurate weight estimates are crucial for flight safety and efficiency. Airlines need to know the weight of all aspects of a flight, including passengers and their carry-on baggage, to calculate the aircraft’s weight and center of gravity. These factors can affect where passengers can sit, how many passengers are allowed onboard, and how much luggage can go in the hold. Each aircraft has a set maximum weight for safe takeoff, and exceeding this limit can compromise safety.
A Positive Response from Passengers
Finnair’s initiative has been met with a positive response from passengers. The airline communicated about the survey via their social media channels and mobile app, and the first volunteers were proactively asking to take part even before the equipment was set up. The airline was “positively surprised by the number of volunteers,” according to Päivyt Tallqvist, Finnair’s senior vice president of communications.
Why is Finnair weighing passengers?
Finnair is weighing passengers to refine weight estimates for planes before takeoff. This initiative aims to enhance flight safety and efficiency by providing a more accurate calculation of the total weight onboard.
Is the weigh-in mandatory?
No, the weigh-in is voluntary. Passengers can choose whether or not to participate.
Is the collected data linked to individual bookings or passenger data?
No, the collected data is anonymous and is not linked to individual bookings or passenger data. Only the staff member at the gate can see the weight.
How many passengers does Finnair plan to weigh?
Finnair plans to weigh 1,200 passengers for the winter season and more for the summer.
Aircraft Center of Gravity: The point at which an aircraft would balance if it were possible to suspend it at that point. It is the mass center of the aircraft, or the theoretical point at which the entire weight of the aircraft is assumed to be concentrated.
Aircraft Weight: The total weight of the aircraft, including the weight of the structure, systems, and propulsion systems, plus operational items such as crew, passengers, baggage, cargo, and fuel.
Carry-on Baggage: Luggage that passengers carry into the cabin of an aircraft.
Civil Aviation Authority: The statutory corporation which oversees and regulates all aspects of civil aviation in a country.
Departure Gate: The area of an airport that provides a waiting area for passengers before boarding their flight.
Volunteer: A person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. In this context, passengers who choose to participate in the weigh-in initiative.