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TheBlueCat

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Annoying click bait headline but an interesting article:

http://www.cityam.com/275120/airline-weighing-passengers-before-they-board-flights

This was the part that caught my eye:

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The airline currently uses European Aviation Safety Agency estimations from 2009, which it says gives the weights of passengers as 88kg for a male, 70kg for a female and 35kg for a child.

I had no idea the average weight for a man was the best part of 200 pounds until I saw that.

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37 minutes ago, TheBlueCat said:

Annoying click bait headline but an interesting article:

http://www.cityam.com/275120/airline-weighing-passengers-before-they-board-flights

This was the part that caught my eye:

I had no idea the average weight for a man was the best part of 200 pounds until I saw that.

 

There is a contingency built into those figures to give a safety margin when working out the total weight of aircraft before it gets into the air.

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12 minutes ago, The Masked Tulip said:

 

There is a contingency built into those figures to give a safety margin when working out the total weight of aircraft before it gets into the air.

That's what I also thought to begin with, but then I found this:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/average-weight-american-men-15-pounds-20-years/story?id=41100782

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Researchers from the CDC found that the average weight of U.S. men over the age of 20 has increased to 195.7 pounds, according to data from 2011 to 2014. The former average, 180.7 pounds, was based on data from 1988-1994. The heights of both men and women remained about the same.

 

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Just now, TheBlueCat said:

That's what I also thought to begin with, but then I found this:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/average-weight-american-men-15-pounds-20-years/story?id=41100782

 

 

There's been a few smaller passenger plane crashes in the US in recent years due to underestimation of having a plane load of, um, fat people on board. Winter months, when people are more likely to wear multiple layers, combined with icy conditions. Here's an example from 2003

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-590144/Obese-passengers-caused-plane-crash.html

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10 minutes ago, The Masked Tulip said:

 

There's been a few smaller passenger plane crashes in the US in recent years due to underestimation of having a plane load of, um, fat people on board. Winter months, when people are more likely to wear multiple layers, combined with icy conditions. Here's an example from 2003

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-590144/Obese-passengers-caused-plane-crash.html

Sometimes when I get onto a flight in the US, particularly in the South, I wonder if the aeroplane will actually be able to make it into the air.

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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrow_Air_Flight_1285

Arrow Air flight 1285 crashed due to icing and an underestimation of the weight of the passengers. It was a military transport charter, all the passengers were soldiers. The takeoff weight was calculated by the average weight of a man rather than a typical soldier and all his kit. 256 people died in the crash.  

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25 minutes ago, whitevanman said:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrow_Air_Flight_1285

Arrow Air flight 1285 crashed due to icing and an underestimation of the weight of the passengers. It was a military transport charter, all the passengers were soldiers. The takeoff weight was calculated by the average weight of a man rather than a typical soldier and all his kit. 256 people died in the crash.  

I remember watching a program about that. The plane just couldn't get enough speed or lift.

Fat people should be made to buy two seats.

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30 minutes ago, whitevanman said:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrow_Air_Flight_1285

Arrow Air flight 1285 crashed due to icing and an underestimation of the weight of the passengers. It was a military transport charter, all the passengers were soldiers. The takeoff weight was calculated by the average weight of a man rather than a typical soldier and all his kit. 256 people died in the crash.  

I guess had they used a military transport the air crew would have known about the weight issue. :(

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