Be ready to step on the weighing scale before departure if you have plans to fly with Air New Zealand out of Auckland Airport (AKL) on an overseas journey.
The national carrier of New Zealand intends to weigh more than 10,000 passengers with their handbags up until July 2, 2023, in accordance with a legal obligation.
The good news is that using a scale is optional, and your weight is kept private.
According to the airline, the weight survey is required by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand every five years.
OMG Air NZ announces to everyone in the terminal it’s conducting a survey to weigh both passengers and hand luggage today. That won’t be embarrassing AT ALL. 😂 (They also said it’s a requirement they do it every 5 years.)
— Hilary Barry (@Hilary_Barry) April 14, 2021
A weight survey for international flights was last conducted in 2015. Because the COVID-19 epidemic distorted passenger counts in 2020, the next survey was postponed until 2023.
“We weigh everything that goes on the aircraft – from the cargo to the meals onboard, to the luggage in the hold. For customers, crew and cabin bags, we use average weights, which we get from doing this survey,” Air New Zealand load control improvement specialist Alastair James told various media outlets.