This airline is requiring overweight passengers to be weighed in before they board

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

Discrimination and scrutiny towards people's appearance is unfortunately something that's still omnipresent throughout society today – especially when it comes to weight.

Whether you're deemed "too big" or "too small," it seems as if someone always has something to say.

SEE ALSO: Why booking your holiday travel now will cost you

But Hawaiian Airlines might be taking it to a completely new level.

When David Haleck, an American-Samoa businessman, tried to board a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Pago Pago to Honolulu, he found himself abruptly stopped by security.

The reason? They required that he be weighed in before they allowed him to board.

Yes, they physically stopped Mr. Haleck from getting on the plane (that he had already purchased a ticket for) until he stepped on a scale.


Naturally, Haleck filed a complaint against Hawaiian Airlines with the US Department of Transportation.

Hawaiian Airlines claimed its reasoning was due to the fact that "The airline no longer allows passengers to pre-select seats on flights between Pago Pago and Honolulu and will now weigh passengers at check-in before allocating seats," according to Radio New Zealand.

Another representative from Hawaiian Airlines told The Telegraph:

"The decision to assign seats at the airport was made because that is the most efficient way to manage weight distribution."

The complaint is currently under investigation by the Department of Transportation.

RELATED: The top airlines for overall performance

The top airlines for overall performance
See Gallery
The top airlines for overall performance

9. Spirit Airlines


8. American Airlines

REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

6. United Airlines (tie)


6. Frontier Airlines (tie)


5. Virgin America

(REUTERS/Mike Blake)

4. Southwest Airlines

(REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

3. JetBlue

(REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo)

2. Delta

(REUTERS/Ginnette Riquelme/File Photo)

1. Alaska Airlines

(REUTERS/Jason Redmond)


More on
Always get free airport Wi-Fi with these simple tricks
6 underrated airlines you should try
The best airline in the world just added a new fee its customers will hate

Read Full Story

Want more news like this?

Sign up for Finance Report by AOL and get everything from business news to personal finance tips delivered directly to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners