Does Your Aviation Baggage Scale System Need An Upgrade?

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An aviation scale may seem like a mundane piece of equipment and perhaps the last thing designers might consider when designing a baggage check station. However, the humble baggage scale is crucially important; a station cannot process passengers without a working scale. If the scale isn’t accurate, this can cause problems throughout subsequent baggage processing. 

You can simply reach out to our experts to help guide you to the perfect product for your needs. American Scale has been servicing, calibrating, and selling industrial scales for over 35 years. First, though, we can break down exactly what you need for your project, proposing any special requirements you may consider. 

Key Baggage Scale Components to Consider

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Let’s break down the considerations airlines should make when considering a baggage scale purchase, whether it’s for a new project or an upgrade of existing equipment.

Load cell

The load cell is the heart of a baggage scale system. This is the component that actually measures weight. High-quality luggage scales should have load cells that are certified by the NTEP (National Type Evaluation Program).

A quality baggage scale should also feature secured and protected load cells. This means that the load cells are protected from shock or overloading. Load cells must be constructed so that the cell can remain functional and accurate even after having hundreds of bags slammed, tipped, or dropped onto the scale.


An airline baggage scale is a significant investment with a long service life. If any component of a scale should fail, it’s important to ensure that any damages or faulty components can be quickly and easily repaired or replaced and that parts will remain readily available in the long term. 

Leveling and Stability

A luggage scale must have a stable frame and footing for accurate calibration, ease of use, and installation on less-than-perfect flooring. Look for heavy steel bases and soft leveling feet that will serve as the foundation for a durable system. 


The “cover” of the scale is the surface on which the baggage is placed. Stainless steel covers are useful for durability and a clean, neutral look to fit seamlessly into the aesthetic of most airports. 

Special Features

Consider any special needs your installation may require. 

  • Low-profile scales are ideal for self-service kiosks or in any configuration that requires passengers to lift their own luggage onto the scale. They can also make for a safer work environment for workers if they must lift luggage on or off the scale. 
  • A portable scale is ideal to maintain productivity when other equipment is down or to quickly expand capacity during peak travel days with pop-up baggage check stations. 
  • Double scales are perfect for maximizing space and access for applicable installations.

Which Aviation Baggage Scale Is Right for You?

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Everyone wants to minimize costs, but on a crucial piece of equipment like a luggage scale, making the wrong choice could result in significant problems in the future. Selecting quality airline baggage scales allows you to avoid downtime, baggage handling problems, employee injuries, or frustrated customers. Your success is our success. Reach out to our American Scale experts today so we can help you choose the perfect scale for your next project.