A traveler shared a concerning incident she witnessed involving a fellow passenger at an unnamed airport. Prior to boarding the plane, all passengers according to Lillian [pictured below] were required by the airline crew to tell of their weight for safety reasons but then doubts surfaced about the number of one passenger and they urged she had to stand on a scale.
Lillian filmed the incident and shared it alongside a photo of the plus-size passenger, who was not identified on TikTok.
‘The whole airport trying to mind their own business as a woman is asked to step on the baggage scale because she claimed she was 130lbs,’Lillian wrote in the video, alongside a meme of actor Pedro Pascal eating a sandwich. She then added in the caption, ‘It’s a tiny plane so they needed our weight to take off for safety reasons.’ It sparked a fierce reaction from viewers, who were left divided.
Some slammed the airline for humiliating the woman, while a few argued the passenger was indeed lying about her weight and risking other passengers’ lives.
‘That’s not OK,’ one person wrote, while another asked, ‘Why are people so mean?’ Someone claimed that they were once placed in a similar situation, and added they had ‘never been so embarrassed in their life.’ ‘This embarrassment to the customer could’ve been avoided,’ a different commenter pointed out. Another admitted, ‘I’d cry.’ Others defended the airline, with a user quipping, ‘Nah because why would she lie and risk all our lives including hers?’
‘Weight and balance is really important on small aircraft,’ someone else said, while another agreed, ‘It’s not personal. It’s life or death.’
As per DailyMail, most airlines worldwide have required weight checks for passengers who are traveling on smaller planes to ensure their airplane is balanced and doesn’t go over the safe limit. In 2015, Uzbekistan which flies between Asia and Europe mostly, made it known publicly that it would start weighing people to ‘ensure flight safety.’ The airline said in a statement at the time, per CNN: ‘The full confidentiality of results is guaranteed.’
Earlier this year, a passenger who traveled on Mokulele Airlines between the Hawaiian Islands claimed he was asked at check-in about his weight. He wrote of his experience in a blog post, saying, ‘I was flying in a Cessna 208 small plane. A Cessna 208 has an empty weight of 4,730 pounds and a maximum takeoff weight of 8,000 pounds. So Mokulele wants to make sure that the total weight of pilots, crew, passengers, and baggage is not above the maximum takeoff weight.’
The passenger continued, ‘Besides the total weight, airlines flying lightweight planes like a Cessna 208 also have to account for balance between the front and back and left and right of an airplane. For that reason, on my Mokulele Airlines flight at least, you don’t actually get a boarding pass or seat assignment when you check-in. Once everybody has checked in, the gate agent brings everyone to the gate and tells everyone where they need to sit. This is done to ensure everything is in accordance with the weight and balance needs of the aircraft.’