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Japan's All Nippon Airways is Trying to Reduce Weight on Environmentally-Friendly Flights.

Just when you thought airlines couldn't do anything else to lighten the load, here comes a new idea: Japan's All Nippon Airways is now asking passengers on select flights to empty their bladders before boarding.
Japan's All Nippon Airways, or ANA, is now asking passengers on select flights to go to the bathroom and empty their bladders before boarding the airplane.



That's right: at the gate ANA staffers encourage fliers to make that one final dash to the restroom to expel some of that extra weight.

"If the flight is lighter, we use less gasoline which is good for the environment," ANA North America spokeswoman Jean Saito told ABC News.

It might not seem like much, but the human bladder can hold up to 16 ounces before the urge to urinate. That's about 1.1 pounds of fluid. If all 216 passengers on an ANA Boeing 767 had pretty full bladders, that extra urine would weigh about 240 pounds.

Just add it to the list of weight and cost-saving cuts the airline industry has made recently. Airlines have already taken away blankets, magazines and even televisions on flights all in the name of reducing weight to save fuel and of course money.

A saving of 240 pounds? What's that, about 110 Kg or something. Wow this is going to clean up the world's environment fast.

This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "Guilt trip" when you leave that seat in front of hundreds of greeny Japanese and head for that toilet on board.

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Re: Airline Asks Passengers to Empty Bladders Before Boarding Flights
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2009, 04:27:19 AM »
Michael O'Leary must be saying to himself now, "stupid Japanese, now they can't turn a profit on the onboard toilets."
 
A saving of 240 pounds? What's that, about 110 Kg or something. Wow this is going to clean up the world's environment fast.

One fat person onboard, and it's all been for nothing.  :-X  Ow, can't say that I suppose... :laugh:
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Re: Airline Asks Passengers to Empty Bladders Before Boarding Flights
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2009, 01:32:55 PM »
That brings up a pretty big point.
Virtually every second person now is fat. Many so big that they can't fit into the seats. Like dames that are 300 pound.
My question is.......... Just what is the margin allowed these days for each human seated on board when they work out operational weights for airliners?
Back in the sixties when the 747s first flew people were half the size they are now.

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Re: Airline Asks Passengers to Empty Bladders Before Boarding Flights
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2009, 05:07:34 AM »
I'm not sure, I think they still work with a 80kg average (175 pounds).
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Re: Airline Asks Passengers to Empty Bladders Before Boarding Flights
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2009, 06:55:16 AM »
Do they count the luggage of each person as part of the person or is it completely separate?

Like: Person (85kg) + luggage (say 20kg) = 105kg per person?

What happens if there's like an anorexic chick or someone really light, do they still count as 85kg?

What if there's like a person with no arms or legs or only 1 of each, do they count as a...full person (no offence intended, but I couldn't think of a another word to describe it)

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Re: Airline Asks Passengers to Empty Bladders Before Boarding Flights
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2009, 04:23:31 PM »
Well, I think AVIATOR has a good point. There are WAY more people over the 80kg average than under it so I think the airlines need to rethink the allowances.
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Re: Airline Asks Passengers to Empty Bladders Before Boarding Flights
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2009, 10:45:13 PM »
In fact I was referring to design weights and not boarding weights.
When they design an aircraft they must have altered the criteria over the years. People are now huge compared to the sixties when the 747 was designed and first flew.
 It is also obvious that gross operating weights must have a huge margin of safety otherwise they'd have scales for people at the airport before you board.
Could anyone imagine the legal ramifications of someone being told at check in that they are too fat and can't go?

 

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Re: Airline Asks Passengers to Empty Bladders Before Boarding Flights
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2009, 09:20:04 AM »
Design weights, sure, but perhaps in other departments than you think. New planes generally have higher operating weights than their predecessor, thanks to improvements in engine, but I don't think that's driven by the weight carried, fuel is still the biggest weight factor. Fuel is range. I think what the additional weight just means is that we're seeing bigger planes on shorter routes? Plus these luggage restrictions.

Not talking about the line-flights, they are half empty half the time anyway.

The seats became a lot lighter. Although I think that was just a way to have more seats+passengers.

Sure the satefy margin is probably huge. Actually, the FAA thought about forcing regional airlines to not only weigh luggage, but also passengers. Less people on board, smaller planes, I suppose the margins are smaller on lighter aircraft by law too. I'm not sure what the final decision was, probably still pending?

Well about the legal ramifications, you are right there, but it doesn't need to be a fat person that's kicked off. They can overbook based on seats now, surely they can get away with overbooking based on weight. So imagine, the Rugby team onboard and you and your kid get rescheduled. How nice...

Isn't it a safety risk for the fat person as well as the other passengers. Surely they'd be able to show that it isn't safe to have overweight persons on the aircraft in case of an emergency with some simulation. Okay, talking really overweight here, not just a bit fat.


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Do they count the luggage of each person as part of the person or is it completely separate?

Well seperate for the weight calculations on each flight, but probably together when they design an aircraft to carry X persons.

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What happens if there's like an anorexic chick or someone really light, do they still count as 85kg?

Yeah, that's why they can still use averages, instead of weighing you. So maybe every fat person need to buy them a drink after each flight. Not onboard, because then you'll have this weight-in-bladder issue again. LOL
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Re: Airline Asks Passengers to Empty Bladders Before Boarding Flights
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2009, 05:35:23 AM »
First of all, That's Japan for you. Secondly, I think everyone should step on a scale along with their ridiculously large, hideously overweight, "roll aboards", so the plane's takeoff weight can be estimated accurately. Weighing luggage at check-in counters does not take into account anything bought once in the security area, including, of course, meals eaten and beverages consumed.
Seeing the ridiculous steps taken and laws enacted here in America to prevent "even one child dying", the simple step of accurately assessing the weight of a passenger aircraft seems to be the next logical step.
After that, we can expect our air travel tickets to be based on overall estimated weight, with additional charges for passengers who check in above their ticketed weight.
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Re: Airline Asks Passengers to Empty Bladders Before Boarding Flights
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2009, 03:59:20 PM »
The future of discount airlines????
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