Coast Guard changes ferry weight guidelines

December 20, 2011 9:04:00 AM PST
Guidelines for ferries are changing as a result of Americans' expanding waistlines.

The Coast Guard is revising regulations, based on the fact that the average American's weight has jumped from 165 pounds in the 1960's to 185 pounds today. To avoid safety problems brought on by too much weight, commercial vessels like ferries will have to remove some seats, maybe a couple dozen per ferry, depending on the size. They have until next March to make the modifications.