A British software company wants to include stepping on the scales in the pre-flight process.
“We’re all becoming more and more aware of our impact on the planet,” Fuel Matrix CEO Roy Fuscone tells CNN Travel. “Aviation is now seen as one of the major polluters … responsible for about 3% of the world’s C02 output.”
Fuel Matrix says this could not only reduce an airliner’s carbon footprint but might be able to save fuel costs.
Airliners determine the amount of fuel they’ll need before each flight by estimating the weight on the plane based on generic size estimates of men, women, and children. As you can imagine, these estimates are not 100 percent accurate.
Fuel Matrix believes with more precise weight measurements, its software can calculate a better fuel estimate and create an optimized flight plan.
The company is testing another piece of software that would accommodate for any last minute changes to the flight plan, such as added passengers.
The fuel calculation software system has been tested with major international airlines, using previous flight data.
“They could have saved a lot of fuel and a lot of carbon,” says Fuscone.
Airlines are charged for exceeding carbon emission limits and therefore could have major financial savings.
Obviously, there’s a concern for discretion, and one proposal suggests that passengers supply the information ahead of arriving at the airport as they would for passport details.
Another suggestion is to make it part of the security process before boarding.
“You stand in a scanner that goes around you — now, clearly while you’re standing there being scanned, you could also be being weighed — very discreetly — if you haven’t wanted to supply your information ahead of time,” says Fuscone. “It would be very discreet, very private and very confidential.”