Airline Introducing Rule Where All Passengers Have To Be Weighed On Scales Before Flight

By Abdul Rafay in Travel On 26th August 2023

There is no denying the fact that there is a lot to do at the airport, including weighing all the bags and getting through security.

Many of us find that after successfully navigating airport security, our anxieties and tension significantly subside as we have a pint and wait for our flight to take off.

Once the dreaded security check is completed, there appears to be another obstacle to overcome if you fly with one certain airline.

The flag carrier of South Korea is Korean Air, and it intends to weigh passengers before they take off.

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Korea JoongAng Daily reported that they are doing this against their will because it is required by the local laws.

According to the source, starting on August 28 and continuing through September 6 when domestic flights depart from Gimpo Airport, the airline will start weighing people and their carry-on bags.


According to the newspaper, the same regulations will be in effect at Incheon Airport from September 8 to September 19.

According to a company representative, Korea JoongAng Daily: "Korean Air passengers will be asked to step on scales with their carried-on items at each boarding gate.”

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"The data collated anonymously will be utilized for survey purposes and doesn't mean overweight passengers will need to pay more."

Korean Airlines' action follows a recent rule modification announced by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport.

Airlines must now evaluate standardized passenger weights that take into account their carry-on luggage.

According to the rule, airlines are required to determine the average passenger weight at least every five years in order to determine how to distribute aircraft weight most efficiently.


Additionally, it will reduce fuel consumption and increase an aircraft's general level of safety, according to the Korea JoongAng Daily.

In reality, Korean Air is not the first airline to weigh passengers before boarding; Air New Zealand did it early this year.

The goods, meals served on board, and luggage in the hold are all weighed, according to Alistair James, a load control improvement specialist for Air New Zealand, who made the statement in May.

The airline clarified that only volunteers will be weighed; everyone else won't be.

“We know stepping on the scales can be daunting. We want to reassure our customers there is no visible display anywhere. No one can see your weight – not even us! It’s completely anonymous,” James added.

"It's simple, it’s voluntary, and by weighing in, you’ll be helping us to fly you safely and efficiently, every time.”