How hot weather can see you kicked off a flight

A MAN who plans flights for airlines has explained why you could be banned from your flight if it’s a really hot day.

Weather plays a large role in flight planning as certain conditions make the situation more dangerous for pilots.

On hot days, aircraft need to be loaded less due to the change in air density


On hot days, aircraft need to be loaded less due to the change in air densityPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

Warren Weston is Delta’s chief meteorologist and leads a team that monitors global weather to determine which routes their planes should fly to make travel as smooth as possible.

He explained why hot weather can be as much of a problem when planning a flight as storms or wind – and how it can result in some people being removed from the plane.

He told that New York Times: “When it’s very hot, planes can carry a little less weight than normal, which means fewer passengers and less luggage. Even one degree makes a difference.”

That one degree could mean that a significant amount of weight needs to be removed from the aircraft in order for it to fly safely.

Warren continued: “If it’s hotter than 37.8°C, each degree above that means a weight loss of about 635kg.”

Since the average person weighs 62kg, that could mean lifting up to ten people off the plane in just one degree of heat.

This is due to the density of air and how it changes due to heat.

High temperatures reduce the density of the air, which has a significant impact on engine performance and lift when the aircraft takes off.

Time magazine explained: “This generally means that lower takeoff weights and longer takeoff distances are required to generate sufficient lift.”

“As a result, airlines need to reduce the pounds on the planes.”

This summer. Due to the higher temperatures in America, Delta had to limit passenger and fuel quantities.

At the time, the airline said in a statement: “Additional protocols have been put in place to manage the operational impacts of extreme heat on aircraft, including loading less fuel to account for weight and balance and scheduling refueling along the route if necessary.” “

Once the planes have taken off, there are many different factors that can cause the flight to be delayed or even rerouted.

Warren explained that the main reason planes cannot land as planned is thunderstorms.

He continued: “If a thunderstorm blows over the airport, it will prevent you from landing. That’s probably the main problem; another could be thunderstorms on the way. This could result in aircraft flying a different and longer route.”

Unexpected storms could also be dangerous for passengers on the planes, as pilots say they can cause very bad turbulence.

Eser Aksan E told Sun Online Travel: “When we get big thunderstorms, it always becomes turbulent, like big bumps.”

“However, we can see where the storm is occurring and make a plan to either get around it or stop it as quickly as possible.”

Read more at the Scottish Sun

Now this really happens in the cockpit when pilots have to land in storms.

And this special app is used by pilots to check the weather and ensure the safety of passengers.

One degree could mean the airline needs to remove more than 600kg of weight


One degree could mean the airline needs to remove more than 600kg of weightPhoto credit: Getty

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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