Airline weighs woman on luggage scale before flight; the internet is outraged

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Airline weighs woman on luggage scale before flight;  the internet is outraged

One woman shared her experience of witnessing another traveler being asked to step on a luggage scale to weigh their luggage before boarding a plane. Lillian, who uses the username @lilwessel on TikTok, recently posted a photo of the incident.

In the image, a woman looks forward at what appears to be a baggage claim scale as an airport employee looks on.

Sharing the video, Lillian wrote, “Everybody in the airport who tries to mind their own business as a woman is being asked to step on the LUGGAGE SCALE because she claimed she was 130 pounds.” Lillian wrote in the text caption of the video.

In the caption to the video, Lillian mentioned that according to the airline, they needed to know the weight of each passenger, since it was a “small plane.”

“It’s a small plane so they needed our weight to take off for safety reasons,” he wrote.

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More than 1.6 million people have viewed the video, raising concern among viewers.


Many viewers sympathized with the woman and were upset by the alleged incident. “Airports are out of control,” read one comment. Another comment wrote. “This is so humiliating. Omg wtf.” Another user commented: “Since when do we have to declare our weight when flying??”

One viewer strongly suggested that it should be “illegal” for airlines to consider the weight of individual passengers.

Several other people expressed their embarrassment at such incidents while sharing their own experiences related to airline weight. For example, one person wrote that she felt embarrassed when she was weighed on the flight back from the Philippines.

Another recounted a situation where a heavy passenger was lifted from their plane, which made the person sympathetic but understand the limitations of a small plane.

The video also drew criticism directed at Lillian for taking and posting a photo of the traveler’s weight, with some people finding it invasive and disrespectful.


Despite the concerns raised, some people defended the airline and recognized the importance of weight balance, especially on smaller aircraft. They mentioned that weight and balance considerations are crucial for safety.

Also, someone mentioned that Cape Air even weighs your bag, emphasizing that it’s a matter of life and death rather than personal.

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) typically recommends that airlines use the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for calculating the takeoff weight of an aircraft.

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