No Weigh: Passengers Asked to Step on the Scales When Boarding Dutch Airline Transavia

Dutch low-cost airline Transavia is weighing passengers before they board their flights. But, before we all pick up our pitchforks, let’s take a deep breath: their end goal is reducing carbon emissions – and it’s entirely voluntary. 

The, um, inventive procedure is part of an experiment being undertaken by the Dutch airline. As passengers board their flights they’re asked to step on electronic scales, which then record their weight.

The magic airport elves behind the scenes then know exactly how much fuel to fill the plane with. The more exact the figure, the less weight, and the less carbon-emissions. Genius!

The experiment took place on five Transavia flights yesterday which departed from Eindhoven Airport.

“By a more precise determination of the weight on board, the fuel calculation can be performed even more accurately,” Eindhoven Airport tweeted.

What do people think?

Despite the airport and airlines justification, people on Twitter are skeptical that it isn’t all some elaborate plan for a discriminatory future:

And others thought it was all one big joke:

Eindhoven Airport is politically committed to reducing emissions and noise pollution over the next ten years, so let’s hold our breath (and maybe cut back on the FEBO). At this stage it is unclear if there will be more trials or full implementation.

Look, if it truly is for the environment we’re on board with that – if it’s another attempt to increase profits, maybe less so. But, let’s hear you weigh in (couldn’t help ourselves). What do you think? Tipping the scales in the airlines favour, or gravitating towards to the environment? Let us know in the comments below!

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Samantha Dixon
Sam isn’t great at being Dutch. Originally hailing from Australia, she came to study in the Netherlands without knowing where the country was on a map. She once accidentally ordered the entire ice-cream menu at Smullers. She still can’t jump on the back of a moving bike. But, she remains fascinated by the tiny land of tall people.


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