"A programming error in the software used by UK airline TUI to check-in
passengers led to miscalculated flight loads on three flights last July, a
potentially serious safety issue.
The error occurred, according to a report [PDF] released on Thursday by the UK
Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), because the check-in software
treated travelers identified as "Miss" in the passenger list as children, and
assigned them a weight of 35 kg (~77 lbs) instead of 69 kg (~152 lbs) for an
The AAIB report attributes the error to cultural differences in how the term
Miss is understood."
Via Dean Francis at Cogent.
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