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The only thing we do not like about going on holidays is packing.

Trying to decide how many pairs of shoes we actually need is one thing. When it comes to making sure our bags aren’t over the allowed weight limit, things can get tense.

Now there’s yet another reason to fear the dreaded baggage scales. One airline has made the announcement that they are not only going to weigh luggage, they will be weighing passengers.

Yes, people, on weighing scales, in airports. Rude.

There is one silver lining for us though, unless you’re a frequent flyer of Uzbekistan Airlines then you shouldn’t have to deal with this new procedure.

The airline claims that they need to calculate the gross weight of the aircraft before it takes off, so therefore weighing both luggage and passengers is necessary.

“The weighing record will only contain the corresponding passenger category (i.e. male/female/children),” the company explained. “As for the rest, the full confidentiality of results is guaranteed.”

They claim that it is a necessary procedure outlined by the International Air Transport Association. In a statement they said: “airlines are obliged to carry out the regular procedures of preflight control passengers weighing with hand baggage to observe requirements for ensuring flight safety.”

But the IATA have denied that this is true.

“All airlines have policies in place for load calculations, weight, and balance of their aircraft,” an IATA spokesperson said.

“These policies in turn are subject to the rules and regulations of their national aviation regulator.”

Well, that’s one thing to consider if you’re ever flying in or out of Uzbekistan in the future.



We've all been there. You're off on your holidays and head off to the airport, only to emerge through the security area an hour later seriously frazzled and minus your aerosol deodorant, hair straighteners AND that expensive green smoothie you'd forgotten to drink while checking in.

Know the feeling? It turns out you're not the only one.

Actor Chris O'Dowd might have made it to the big time, but that doesn't mean he's free from the clutches of airport security… and neither is his two-month-old baby boy Art, who he welcomed with wife Dawn O'Porter back in February.

Chris was flying out of Gatwick Airport yesterday with little Art, and took to Twitter to express his annoyance after a run-in with security staff.

"Thanks Gatwick security! Some might think body-searching a baby and binning his bottle was over zealous and weird, but not me!" he wrote, adding the hashtag #ScaryBaby.

The Bridesmaids star seems like a fairly chilled out guy, but travelling with a newborn is never going to be easy and it sounds like Chris really got the brunt of the bad luck yesterday.

Chris' followers were quick to respond with jokes and tales of similar situations.

"@BigBoyler Just because you were happy to let your baby drink from it, doesn't mean it wasn't a liquid explosive. #WorldsGoneDaft" wrote one fan. "@BigBoyler Got pulled aside last year. Why? Traces of explosives on my 2 year olds pram. Forgot we'd been keeping our semtex there!!!" another added.

Chris and Dawn have been getting to grips with parenthood over the last couple of months and although no pictures of little Art have emerged yet, Chris did provide fans with this brilliant "mock-up" of his new arrival's face shortly after the birth.

Maybe it was the fact that your baby has a beard and full head of hair that put the Gatwick staff on edge, Chris?!