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Airport Scale Calibration.

#1 May 11th, 2018, 07:50
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On a recent trip to Indonesia I thought my carry-on baggage might exceed the maximum allowance of 7kg so I placed my small backpack on several airport scales that weren't in use at the other end of the terminal to gauge whether I'd be stuffing my pockets and underwear with some of my bag's contents.

What I found was a variation in weight between the airport scales of 0.6kg which caused me to wonder who is responsible for the calibration of the scales, how often this function is performed, and how I was going to surreptitiously slide a laptop down the front of my trousers.

I'm still unsure who is responsible for airport scale calibration as airline check-in staff didn't know. Is it the airline, the airport, or local aviation authority?

**Should anyone be interested, this day my carry-on was apparently over by 0.8kg, but after I mentioned my airport scale experiment and the variation in weight, airline staff let me board financially unmolested.**
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I wonder if they ever get checked! There are probably more laws protecting the buyers of potatoes by weight than there are protecting passengers from excess-baggage charges.

Do you have one of those hand-held luggage weighing machines? I could not travel without one as I always load to the max. When I have compared, I usually find it comes in at or slightly over (on the safe side) the airport check-in machines.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I wonder if they ever get checked! There are probably more laws protecting the buyers of potatoes by weight than there are protecting passengers from excess-baggage charges.

Do you have one of those hand-held luggage weighing machines? I could not travel without one as I always load to the max. When I have compared, I usually find it comes in at or slightly over (on the safe side) the airport check-in machines.
Allowing airlines themselves to oversee the calibration of airport scales is akin to employing an alcoholic barman to run a bar, as I see it.

I don't have hand-held scales myself as until very recently I had my carry-on packing (I only travel with carry-on) down to a fine art, traveling with essentially the same items for almost two decades (things are renewed when warranted, but the type and number of items stay the same). It's only been with the purchase of a new, larger, laptop that I exceed the maximum 7kg out of Australia.

As an aside, I'm unsure why Australia's departure carry-on limit is half that of countries in Asia when flying with the same carrier, in this case AirAsia. I'm guessing we're perceived to be both literally and figuratively.....fatter.
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I'm guessing we're perceived to be both literally and figuratively.....fatter.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I wonder if they ever get checked!

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The error in scales is used to enact a scam at the airport fleecing the unwary. Carry a hand scale, important these days, to check your luggage beforehand and don't allow any weighing before you reach the airline counter..
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Some clarification:

There is no hard and fast rule as to who is responsible for the accuracy of the Airport Weighing System during Checkin. In Airports where an airline, or a consortium of airlines get together to pay towards their machine infrastructure, the airline is responsible. In other airports (SIN, HAN, AMS) It is the airport authority that is responsible. Of course, these two in turn, have technicians from the OEM at site 7/24/365 (where airports are open round the clock)

I weigh my bags before I leave for the airport.

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