Passengers ‘could be weighed before boarding flights in a bid to cut costs’

Passengers could be weighed before boarding a flight in a bid to cut costs and the damage on the evironment.

Tech firm Fuel Matrix is reportedly talking with UK airlines about the installment of pressure pads at check-in desks.

The pads are understood to discreetly weigh a passenger as they pass through the airport, collecting date which is then passed to the flight deck.

Pilots would reportedly then use the data to calculate exactly how much fuel is needed for the flight and reducing the amount wasted.

Other options are believed to include security body scan machines which could record a person's weight.

The move is said to also help reduce carbon emissions by using up less fuel.

Currently, airlines use an average weight of a man, woman and child to estimate their fuel needs.

For men, they allow 13.8 stone, for women 11 stone and for children 5.5 stone, reports the Independent .

However, Berkshire-based Fuel Matrix reportedly claims this calculation results in fuel wastage.

Chief operating officer Nick Brasier told the Independent that most flights carry about one per cent more fuel than they need and burn about 0.3 to 0.5 per cent more fuel due to the extra fuel weight.

Brasier said: “We’re not suggesting people should stand on the scales, but airports could fit ‘pressure pads’ in the self-service bag drop area in front of each screen.

“After the bag has been checked in, the system can ask, ‘Are you standing on the pressure pad?’

“If the passenger taps ‘Yes’, then the weight can be recorded and passed confidentially to the airline.”

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