Airline to weigh passengers before boarding

An airline is weighing passengers at check-in before allowing them to board to ensure "flight safety".

Uzbekistan Airways announced on its website that passengers will be weighed with their hand luggage on special machines at the departure gate.

The move could mean heavier customers could be excluded from busy flights Credit: Reuters

The company promised customers confidentiality but the move could mean that heavier passengers are excluded from smaller planes or busy flights.

In a message to passengers, the airline said: "We will appreciate your assistance and thank you in advance for the help in the solution of our common task of flight safety."

The airline is seemingly following the example set by Samoan Air, which became the world's first airline to charge passengers according to their weight in 2013.