A British startup wants discreet roads of the passengers to help airlines save on fuel costs and keep the passengers from feeling as if they were ashamed for their size.
The problem of the roads of passengers for the flights can be dicey. While the calculation of the appropriate weight on a plane can be of crucial importance for the safety of the flight, the airlines are forcing passengers to be weighed can come off as crass, insensitive, and downright body-shaming.
But a British startup wants discreet roads of the passengers to help airlines save on fuel costs and keep the passengers from feeling as if they were ashamed for their size.
According to the Lonely Planet, Fuel Matrix, a startup is founded by CEO Roy Fuscone, focuses on the use of methods such as pressure pads to the self-service bag drops, or during a full body scans to gather data on passenger weight. Just as with face recognition technology, the pads will be confidential transmission of data to the airlines only for the purposes of the fuel consumption.
Perhaps a lot of passengers take for granted how much weight on their flight, and how much fuel they needed for their plane to get from one place to the other, depending on how light or heavy it is. But airlines take this measurement into account for each flight.
Everything from luggage to equipment, and yes even passenger weight, can affect how much fuel a plane must carry to get from point A to point B. At the moment, airlines generally use an estimated weight based on the passenger gender: 93kg (205 lbs.) for men and 75kg (about 165 lbs.) for women, according to The Independent. Once added, this calculation informs airlines on how much fuel to take.
Of course, because everyone is a different size and shape, the weight, the estimate is generally higher than the actual weight of the passenger on a particular flight, reported The Independent. The result of this is that aircraft carry much more fuel than they need, and heavier planes are less efficient and less green.
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“It is of crucial importance to know that the actual weight of a carrier, is the implementation to ensure the right amount of uplift,” Fuscone told Lonely Planet.
Nick Brasier, COO of the Fuel Matrix, told the Independent that the company estimate the most flights run about a percent more fuel than they need and burn about 0.3 to 0.5 percent more fuel due to the extra fuel weight.
In addition to adding less fuel to escape the Fuel Matrix posits that airlines can even seat passengers on the basis of weight, so that it is evenly distributed over the flight — but perhaps this is a more controversial practice than the company can realize. The separation of the parties, passengers should not be more than good in reality.
Airlines have tried to weigh the passengers in the past with mixed results. Finnair offered an optional weigh-in with the airline for the gates of the Airport of Helsinki to collect data about the average weight of the passenger. Of course, because the practice was voluntary, only some passengers would likely opt-in, potentially skewing any results.
Samoa Air went even further, not only the roads of the passengers, but they are more based on how much they weighed. And the Russian airline Aeroflot urged flight attendants to lose weight, or the risk that certain task penalties.
Fortunately, the Fuel Matrix would recommend no longer charge for airline tickets on the basis of weight. The company hopes that allows these discrete pressure pads to certain uk airports, according to the Lonely Planet, but so far they are not yet implemented.