Airline In Finland Will Start Weighing Passengers Before They Can Board

Finnair plans to start weighing passengers before they board their flight in an effort to work out just how much extra weight their planes are carrying. It’s no secret that waistlines across the industrialized world are expanding, the average American man weighs 15 pounds more now than he did 20 years ago. 

This rapid rise presents a problem for Finnair, who are currently balancing their planes based on estimates from the European Aviation Safety Agency, which were made eight years ago, according to The Sun.

According to the old estimates, the average male passengers weighs 185 pounds, while the average female weighs 144 pounds. However, the average Finnish man is 2 pounds heavier than that estimate, and the average Finnish woman is 11 pounds heavier. 

The airline wants to stick between 100 and 150 of its passengers on the scales before every flight to get a better idea of how much the average customer weighs. 

They’re not planning on penalizing anyone they consider overweight, though. However, the program could cut operating costs by giving them more exact estimates on just how much fuel every flight needs. 

Sami Suokas, manager of customer processes at Finnair, said:

Suokas revealed that they’re starting now because passengers tend to fluctuate in weight between summer and winter. 

This isn’t the first time an airline has weighed passengers. Hawaiian Airlines weighed passengers for six months in 2016 on their route between Honolulu and the American Samoa. 

Samoans have one of the highest rates of obesity in the world, and the airline won the right to put passengers on the scales to save fuel and prevent accidents despite numerous complaints to courts from passengers.  

Hawaiian Airlines have since completed their study. 

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The 26 Worst Ways To Start A Conversation

Conversations are hard. I’m an awkward person so I’m an expert. Thing is, though, I know that about myself so I avoid starting conversations when I can. 

Not everyone has that level of self awareness though. There are some people out there who insist on talking to people even though they aren’t any good at it. You have to admire them for that.

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Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity Makes A Serious Threat As More Heads Start To Roll

Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity Makes A Serious Threat As More Heads Start To Roll

Mounting tensions came to a head on Thursday when Sean Hannity took to Twitter to defend executive Bill Shine, who replaced the ousted Roger Ailes as the network’s co-president.

Hannity’s tweet was in response to Gabe Sherman’s story in New York Magazine about Shine’s lack of support from Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch of 21-Century Fox, who publicly refused to back Shine in a statement.

In much like Donald Trump’s MO, Hannity launched a dialogue on Twitter expressing his concern over Bill Shine’s job security. If Shine continues to lack support from the Murdoch’s, Hannity could walk.

Immediately following the tweet, Hannity addressed the erroneous insertion of the diaeresis in Sherman’s name:

Shine hasn’t been publicly associated with the FNC’s culture of misogyny behind the scenes the way in which Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly have.

However, on Tuesday, Shine was one of the names mentioned along with other executives in a class-action lawsuit by 11 former and current employees for racial discrimination in the work place and being dismissive about sexual harassment concerns surrounding Ailes.


Hannity, who is Shine’s longtime friend and ally, believes he knows the identity of the individual gunning for the executive.

He started a hashtag campaign to extend a lifeline to a colleague he brought to FNC in the 90s.

A source close to FNC told Deadline, “Sean is willing to take a bullet for Bill out of loyalty and he knows he’s holding a lot of chits there right now too. If he threatens to leave, and he could, then that really could be the end of the place as we know it.”

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Nationwide Protests Against Trump's 'Muslim Ban' Start Off Their First Day With A Victory

One day after Trump signed his executive order banning all travel from 7 Muslim-majority countries, citizens around the country flooded their local airports to protest and the ACLU was in court to argue that the executive order was unconstitutional and un-American.

Students, green card holders, and people here on work visas were all advised to not leave the country following the executive order, and people who were on airplanes on their way here were told they couldn’t enter once they landed.

This morning, protesters from all over the country flooded their local airports to express their concerns over the detainment of immigrants and refugees that were previously cleared to enter the country.

Governor Cuomo of New York released a statement in support of the protesters and detained refugees that were in JFK Airport.

The largest taxi union in New York City also voiced their concerns with Trump’s Muslim Ban, reminding him that they’ve been on the receiving end of government sponsored bigotry in the past.

Lawyers flooded JFK Airport to help those being detained.

And while the lawyers were hammering away, citizens in other states made sure to make their voices heard at their airports.

And then there was hope.

It’s worth noting that the stay will not affect people who haven’t already made their way here and that anyone planning on traveling is simply going to be prevented from doing so, as this affects people who were already in the air while the order was signed.

Many celebrities voiced their opinion on Trump’s ban, but some of the strongest voices came from Silicon Valley’s tech CEOs.



Quip, a Salesforce company.


And Twitter, including a tweet from CRO Jack Dorsey and the official Twitter account.

Netflix, Lyft, Uber, Apple, Google, Tesla, and a host of other companies joined in the condemnation of the grossly un-American order issued by Trump, and they have made it clear that they’re in it for the long haul.

Power to the people.

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