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Airline to weigh passengers before boarding

Uzbekistan Airways will weigh passengers with their hand luggage before boarding Credit: PA

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."

Dear passengers!

Please be informed that Uzbekistan Airways airline carries out the procedure of pre-flight weighing for determination of the average weight of passenger with hand baggage.

According to the rules of International Air Transport Association, airlines are obliged to carry out the regular procedures of preflight control passengers weighing with hand baggage to observe requirements for ensuring flight safety.

After passing check-in on flight and prior to boarding into the aircraft, we will suggest you to pass the procedure of weighing with the special weighing machine placed in the departure gate zone.

The weighing record will only contain the corresponding passenger category (i.e. male/ female/ children). As for the rest, the full confidentiality of results is guaranteed.

– Statement on Uzbekistan Airways website

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.