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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is demanding U.S. airlines submit plans with updated weight averages they will use for passengers and baggage moving forward by Saturday.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “Airlines officials say the weight estimates used for passengers and baggage are going up between 5 percent and 10 percent.”

“That will affect some flights, possibly requiring that more passengers get bumped or more baggage left behind,” the Journal reported.

Airline officials say the weight requirements used for passengers and baggage are going up about 10% or more. That will affect some flights, possibly requiring that more passengers get bumped or more baggage left behind. https://t.co/bqvJkwX30U

— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 10, 2021

The new guidelines, and likely travel disruptions to come with them, are yet another symptom of American weight gain with no signs of abatement. And it’s Krispy Kreme’s fault.

Joking of course, but not really. The bizarre trend of aggressive fat-acceptance did this, and yet nobody cares despite the massive wake-up call the COVID-19 pandemic should have given us. https://t.co/SRkNOKPGie

— Tristan Justice (@JusticeTristan) June 11, 2021

While the novel coronavirus — a virus exacerbated by excessive weight where 78 percent of those hospitalized with infection were overweight or obese — should have served as a wake-up call to the decades-long obesity crisis, Americans instead packed on the pounds with apparently little concern.

According to a global Ipsos poll in January, two in five Americans reported gaining weight throughout the lockdowns still in place at the time. Those surveyed said they put on an average of more than 14 pounds, putting the U.S. seventh out of 30 countries in terms of pandemic weight gain.

Most Americans appeared relatively unbothered by the weight. Less than half said they believed there was a link between obesity and complications from COVID-19 which data determined early on was a major risk contributor.

“Since the pandemic began,” Science Magazine reported in September, “dozens of studies have reported that many of the sickest COVID-19 patients have been people with obesity.”

Overweight patients in one study published in

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