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measurements, when they imply legal aspects, must be performed according to universally recognized regulations or
guidelines to avoid the risk of unfair treatment of individuals-passengers, in this case-and consequent claims and
litigation.
Probably, most airports and airlines have their instruments verified by certified bodies, but this is not evident to
the general public and is probably not mandatory in all countries. A better awareness of the legal and metrological issues,
together with more transparent procedures, would surely
reduce the number of complaining people and the general
feeling of being harassed when some luggage is not allowed
on board, or an additional fee is required because of a small
weight excess.

References
[1]	 H. Martin, "U.S. airlines pocketed $15.5 billion last year, including
a record $4.6 billion in bag fees," L.A. Times, May 7, 2018. [Online].

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Veronica Scotti (veronica.scotti@gmail.com) is a Contract Professor of Legal Implications of the Engineering Profession
at Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy and is a registered
lawyer. She received her degree in law from the Catholic University of Piacenza, Italy in 2000, and she has been a registered
lawyer in Milan since 2003. Her practice focuses on commercial contracts, construction and engineering, environment,
and quality assurance. Due to her long collaboration with
engineering faculty, she has built a solid background on legaltechnical issues that is extremely useful in handling disputes
involving complex technical problems. Her research interests
relate to the analysis of the relationship between measurement activities and metrology and the regulation field, with
particular concern for the legal implications of an incorrect
specification of measurement uncertainty.

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than the diversity that also testifies to the great creativity of the
human being.
I would like to conclude with a different observation: this
issue of the Magazine represents, for me, a milestone. In fact, it
contains my tenth contribution to the Life After Graduation column. It could be a good time to take a stock, but I will not do it
now. Because, simply, I do not consider it a goal, rather a new
starting point for a new future milestone.
Until next time!
Vincenzo Marletta (vincenzo.marletta@dieei.unict.it) is currently working as a Temporary Research Fellow with the

Electric, Electronic and Information Engineering Department
(DIEEI) of the University of Catania, Italy. He received the M.S.
and the Ph.D. degrees from the University of Catania, in 2007
and 2011, respectively. His research interests include sensor
design and characterization, inkjet printed sensors, design and
characterization of nonlinear solutions for energy harvesting
from vibrations, multi-sensor architectures for environmental monitoring and Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), nonlinear
signal processing, exploitation of nonlinear dynamics and
smart materials in sensors. Dr. Marletta is a Member of IEEE, of
the I&M Society and of the Technical Committee on Measurements and Networking (TC-37).

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of Technology, Israel. He received his bachelor's and master's
degrees in engineering from The Cooper Union, New York and
his Ph.D. degree in mathematics from New York University's
Courant Institute. He recently published the second edition of

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A Mathematical Introduction to Control Theory (Imperial College
Press), and his research interests include applied mathematics,
instrumentation and measurement, signal processing, coding
theory, and control theory.

IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine	

April 2020


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