Faulty Scales Can Mean Higher Luggage Costs at Nation's Airports

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  1. sobore
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    http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/faulty-scales-higher-luggage-costs-nations-airports/story?id=14252158

    Airlines have come under fire recently for their many fees, including the ones they charge passengers for overweight luggage. But are those fees legitimate?
    Reporters from "Good Morning America" and ABC News affiliate stations across the country went along with inspectors from the Los Angeles County Weights and Measures Bureau recently as they checked the accuracy of airport luggage scales.
    The inspectors, along with ABC News' reporters, found inaccuracies that could mean a big difference for travelers.

    Click HERE to see how the airport in your area fared.
     
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    That's why I weigh beforehand and then if its a bit over and a bulky item, I'll hang on to it just enough to take some of the weight off!
     
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    Very good practice.
    One wonders if bringing your own scale to checkin makes sense to dispute any discrepancies. Probably so for heavy travelers who need to watch their $$.
     
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    "Scales fail inspection if they are even one-half of an ounce off the correct reading."

    "And, according to one of the inspectors, broken scales often make bags seem lighter, favoring passengers."
     
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    Here in Arizona, all scales must be certified annually by the the State Department of Weights and Measures. (the same people who check Gas Pumps) A few years ago they checked the scales at TUS and found that many were out of calibration. The result is that for a period of about three weeks, there was no weighing of bags period until the scales were calibrated and rechecked. So now they are checking annually again.

    Seems like someone who has a bag that is overweight might want to ask for the calibration records of the scales.
     
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    I will admit to once surreptitiously pushing up the scale slightly with my toes (heel on the ground, foot angled up, toes pushing up the scale) while it was being weighed as it ended up about a pound over the limit. Don't tell anyone.
     
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