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Division of Consumer Affairs
Press Release

Attorney General
Anne Milgram
Division of Consumer Affairs, Director
David Szuchman
   
For Immediate Release:
November 25, 2008 
For Further Information Contact:
Jeff Lamm, 973-504-6327
 
Consumer Affairs Inspects Newark Liberty International Airport Scales Prior to Thanksgiving Travel Period

NEWARK - State Office of Weights and Measures inspectors within the past month have checked all baggage scales inside the three passenger terminals at Newark Liberty International Airport to ensure the devices accurately weigh luggage.

Problems were found with 47 of the 252 baggage scales that were inspected, said David Szuchman, Director of the state Division of Consumer Affairs. The 47 scales have been serviced, re-inspected and are now in compliance.

“Knowing that the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is a peak travel period, we inspected the luggage scales to ensure passenger's baggage is weighed accurately,” Szuchman said.

Each airline pays $250 annually to have its baggage scales inspected. The Office of Weights and Measures is a unit with the Division of Consumer Affairs.

The details about the 47 scales that initially did not pass inspection and required servicing and re-inspection are listed as follows:

Terminal A

United Airlines
1 Out of Tolerance
1 Unable to Zero

US Airlines
1 Out of Tolerance
1 No Display
1 System Not Working
2 LED Not Working

American Airlines
3 Out of Tolerance
1 Unable to Zero
1 No Display

Air Trans
1 Out of Tolerance

Terminal B

Port Authority
10 Out of Tolerance
1 Unable to Zero
4 No Display
2 System not Working
3 Does not Reach Capacity

KLM
2 Out of Tolerance
1 No Display

Terminal C

Port Authority
8 Out of Tolerance
2 No Display
1 System not Working

TOTAL: 47

*Terminal B - Owned by Port Authority. Port Authority is responsible for the scales.

* Terminal C - Owned by Port Authority but the airlines are responsible for the maintenance of the scales each uses.

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