Guessing your weight

Rather than having a computer count the number of bags on board, what if an airline had the baggage handlers count?

“Southwest Is Probed On Weight Of Luggage,” The Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2019 A1.  FAA investigates how Southwest calculated the weight of bags on board.

Bag weight is used to determine how much weight your flight is carrying, and how it’s distributed.  Southwest, unlike other airlines, has its baggage handlers count the bags, rather than having computers do it.

Is doing something differently inherently objectionable?  Is the information, which involves an estimate in either case, more reliable, but also just an estimate?  If the computer count isn’t required by law or regulation, why should Southwest have to do it that way?

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Filed under Theme One: Information, Theme Two: Governance

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