Korean Air will weigh its passengers and their carry-on baggage ahead of flights over the next two months, as it seeks to comply with aviation laws.
The move is in line with the country’s aviation regulations set by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. Air carriers are required to state the average weight of passengers on each aircraft at least once every five years, in order to provide data for the standard weight of an aircraft in flight. The data is also used to determine optimal weight distribution within an aircraft and fuel reduction measures.
Measurements will be taken from August 28 to September 6 at Gimpo Airport for domestic passengers and from September 8 to 19 at Incheon Airport for passengers on international flights.
The process will take place at the boarding gates, and data will be collected anonymously. Passengers can choose to opt out of the process and board as usual.
Editor’s note: this article has been updated for clarity