- Chantelle Francis

New Zealand’s national carrier will be asking passengers flying internationally to step on the scales during June.

The information will be collected to help the airline determine average passenger weights going forward when calculating the weight and balance of aircraft – which all pilots need to know before takeoff.

Alastair James, Air New Zealand load control improvement specialist, assured passengers it was voluntary and their weight would not be displayed for anyone to see at the airport.

Air New Zealand told it needed at least 10,000 passengers to participate and the survey was a Civil Aviation Authority requirement.

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