Airline accused of fat-shaming after weighing passenger before boarding flight in new scheme

Airline accused of fat-shaming after weighing passenger before boarding flight in new scheme

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AN AIRLINE passenger is weighed before boarding in a trial which has been accused of “fat-shaming”.

Finland’s national carrier is running the ­voluntary scheme in capital Helsinki to help calculate fuel needs and the “maximum weight” for safe take-offs.

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A FinnAir passenger is weighed before boarding[/caption]

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Another flight passenger was weighed in a voluntary scheme which has been accused of ‘fat-shaming’[/caption]

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Over 800 passengers have been weighed so far as part of the FinnAir scheme, which is completely voluntary.

FinnAir isn’t the only airline to start weighing customers, Air New Zealand and Hawaiian Airlines have done the same in recent years.

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Air New Zealand has previously said that it is “essential” for the “safe and efficient operation of the aircraft and is a Civil Aviation Authority requirement”.

Despite it being voluntary, some people were still shocked to hear about the plans.

One wrote on Twitter: “That is ridiculous. Don’t do this silliness.”

Another said: “This is a human rights violation.”

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A third simply added: “Wow! This is dangerous fatphobia.”


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