NEWARK – State Office of Weights and Measures inspectors
have checked all baggage scales inside the
three passenger terminals at Newark Liberty
International Airport to ensure the devices
accurately weigh luggage, prior to Memorial
Day and the traditional start of the summer
Problems were found with
nine of the 308 baggage scales that were
inspected, a failure rate of approximately
3%, said Thomas R. Calcagni, Acting Director
of the State Division of Consumer Affairs.
The nine scales have been serviced, re-inspected
and are now in compliance.
“We don’t want
passengers to pay for overweight suitcases
when, in fact, their luggage is within weight
allowances,” Acting Director Calcagni
said. “The scale inspections performed
by our Office of Weights and Measures ensure
that the indicated luggage weights are accurate.”
Each airline pays $250 annually
to have its baggage scales inspected. The
Office of Weights and Measures is a unit
within the Division of Consumer Affairs.