According to airline regulations, Canadians weigh more in winter – six pounds more, to be exact.
The Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) sets out the standardized measurements airlines must use to calculate the weight and balance of every flight.
In winter, airline personnel are instructed to add six pounds to each male or female passenger over the age of 12, to account for “seasonal variations.”
The standard summer weight is 200 pounds for a male passenger and 165 pounds for a female passenger, the manual, put out by Transport Canada, says.
During winter, that goes up to 206 pounds for men and 171 pounds for women.
For planes that carry 12 passengers or fewer, standardized measurements are not good enough — each passenger has to go on the scale to get an exact reading.
“The risk of embarrassment is not a reason for risking safety or crossing weight limits,” the manual says.
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