Aviation News

October 15, 2009

ANA Wants You to Go Before You Go

More articles by »
Written by: Andy Bokanev

If you are planning to board an All Nippon Airways flight in the near future, you may be asked asked to dispose of any liquids before boarding. While this may not come as a surprise to anyone who has traveled by air in the past 3 years, what ANA is asking you to drain is your bladder. While it seems like an extremely late (or early) April Fool’s Joke, the measure is actually a weight-saving experiment by the Japanese airline planned to be conducted on a reported 42 flights over the next month.

Here is how it works. The average bladder has a capacity of about 1 liter of liquid, which translates into just over 2 pounds. Let’s say the flight has 200 passengers, the total bladder weight of which can potentially be more than 400 pounds (the actual number is of course directly linked to the length of the ground delay and the resulting extra alcoholic beverages consumed by the passengers). And in a world where every airline (well, maybe not Air Koryo) is looking for a way to burn less fuel by doing everything from switching to lighter interior elements to adding winglets  to using less exterior paint, 400 pounds is a LOT of weight.



About the Author

Andy Bokanev





 
 

 

JetBlue Unveils Bruins Themed “Bear Force One”

JetBlue's "Bear Force One," a jet featuring the Boston Bruins hockey team's black and gold logo, was unveiled to the public on May 13, 2019.
by Michael Lothrop
0

 
 

The Legal Responsibility of Passengers During an Airplane Evacuation

Following a plane crash, it's imperative that the aircraft evacuation move quickly. But what are your legal responsibilities as a passenger?
by David J. Williams
0

 

 

We’re Going To Do What!?! Formation Flying In A Motorglider

Come ride along as we go flying with the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum's motorglider demo team, the world's widest four-ship airshow act!
by Mark Kolanowski
0

 
 

Emotional Baggage: Passengers Taking Their Bags During Airline Emergencies

Over the past several years, there have been multiple instances of air passengers retrieving their belongings before exiting an aircraft while under evacuation orders, despite instructions to leave these items behind. This has ...
by William Rizzo
0

 
 

Joining the ‘First Flyer’s Club’ Aboard Delta Air Lines A220

The Airbus A220-100 entered service with Delta AIr Lines on February 7th. NYCAviation was onboard the first flights and we share our thoughts.
by Ben Granucci
0