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Florida officials test scales at Palm Beach International Airport

Posted: 12:12 PM, Jul 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-15 16:10:45-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Representatives from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services were in West Palm Beach on Monday to make sure your luggage is weighed properly at the airport.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said the department tests scales at airports, grocery stores, and other places to make sure they are accurate.

On Monday, officials tested four scales at Palm Beach International Airport, though they are not used by any specific airline. Three scales passed the test and one failed so it will be taken out of service.

"Everyone knows overweight baggage fees can add up when traveling, sometimes hundreds of dollars in a single trip, so it's crucial to make sure our scales that are weighing your bags are as accurate as possible," said Fried.

Fried said the department tested more than 45,000 scales last year and 2,600 of them didn't pass the test. Airlines usually do their own additional scale testing.

The scales are tested every year to year-and-a-half.