LA Times: How accurate are airport luggage scales?

Discussion in 'Travel' started by Mike, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I've never trusted them, especially not after an incident departing Vienna when a KLM agent was trying to nail me for an overweight carryon that I knew wasn't overweight. She finally backed off when I pointed out that her scale reset to 2 kg. (approx 4 lb.) when nothing was on it.

    Around Los Angeles it turns out that most scales are either accurate or err in favor of the flyer at three major airports:

    LA Times: How accurate are airport luggage scales?
    AngryMiller likes this.
  2. Leave no trace

    Leave no trace Original Member

    The voice output scales are cool .

    Recently an aeroflot FA stood on the scale, it shouted "bing, bong - one at a time please" :)
    barbell likes this.
  3. FriendlySkies

    FriendlySkies Member

    IIRC, UA @ BOS was handed some fines for having scaled that showed bags heavier than they really were.

    At the end of the day, I'd think that scales showing bags lighter than they are could be a big problem for the guys calculating weight and balance. Imagine being told that they have 900lbs of bags, when they really have 1800lbs..
  4. AngryMiller

    AngryMiller Original Member

    Most often they appear to be off by as much a 5 lbs. Ran into that at MSP and set the state weights and measures folks on them. Naturally they had nothing wrong:rolleyes: but never had any more problems with them either. If they are going to charge you for overweight luggage they must have accurate scales. Given how those scales get abused it is a wonder that any of them work.
    barbell likes this.
  5. Sky Dancer

    Sky Dancer Original Member

    I know exactly how much my tool box weighs. If it's light, something is missing. If it's heavy, the scale is wrong. A few times it came in too heavy. I simply moved it to another scale, which read a different weight. The ticket agent just let it go after that.

Share This Page