Airport scales may overcharge travelers

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/know_more/warwick-tf-green-airport-scales-may-overcharge-travelers

    The busiest travel season of the year is upon us. Flying is more expensive than ever, especially with several carriers issuing new baggage fees.

    We've learned airlines raked in over $3 billion in bag fees last year alone. And those costs only go up when your luggage is overweight. But how do you know the scales that weigh your bags are even accurate? Are you being over-charged?

    We wanted to know if your bags are getting a fair deal when you travel. So we called in the experts, and obtained copies of every test performed on the baggage scales at T.F. Green Airport.

    Before travelers check their bags at the airport, many say they check their bags at home. "If we think it's close we'll weigh it," says traveler Jim Gibson. We've learned every major airline charges passengers for luggage weighing more than 50 pounds, with fees ranging from $50 up to $200.

    Read More: http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/know_more/warwick-tf-green-airport-scales-may-overcharge-travelers
     
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    No surprises there, as always, it works out against the passengers.:confused:
     
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    Once flying through Novosibirsk, my luggage was under the weight limit by 3 kilos. On the way out, without me having bought anything, I was over by 4 kilos. Which equaled $140. Glad to know that this wasn't a "Welcome" special limited to one country :)
     
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    So the precis version of this "alaming story" ... its really just yet another non-story... the airport used in the example had zero violations.

    Next headline grabbing story airlines may overcharge you for wearing a white shirt.:rolleyes:
     
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    Airlines cheat on the baggage scales? Shocking! Good thing travelers always have a carry-on that fits in that metal size cage, and always carry only one personal item. Oh wait......everybody cheats.
     
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    Here in Tucson, the State Bureau that regulates scales shut down all scales at TUS about 2 years ago (shut down for three days) because they were all out of calibration. The Airlines (and probably the airport) had to have them all recalibrated and rechecked by the State before they could charge anyone. Even though the scales were close, because they were off, there were no excess weight charges by ANY airline for those three days. It was explained that the scales became out of kilter by people dropping heavy bags on the scales.

    So the moral is Drop the Heavy bags on the Scales and take them out of calibration. If you are charged for excess weight, ask to see the scale calibrations.
     

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