The weight issue was thankfully forgotten as I walked out toward the plane with the seven other passengers sharing the flight (the Cessna 402 can hold 9 passengers plus the pilot). A quick safety lesson came with the stern reminder to remain behind the wings of the plane at all times or else you'd have the prop to literally beat you back.
At the plane, all carry-on luggage and large handbags were tucked away into hidden compartments in the wings. It's here that the real humiliation began. All of us gathered together near the plane's door, where we were once again sized up and then called one-by-one into the plane by our weight and stature. Thankfully, I was the fifth one in, with only two very petite, older women and a kid behind me. Of course it's for a very good reasonto balance and weight the small aircraftbut knowing in advance would have saved some guessing and blushing.
As soon as we were all buckled into our very close quarters (if you've never been in a Cessna, picture being loaded into a minivan circa 1984 with 8 strangers), our phones were off, and the door was shut, the pilot began a series of checks, stuck his out the side window for a second size-up of the runway, and we were off.
It was around 5,000 feet that the pilot relaxed and started doing paperwork and passengers were cleared to chat and enjoy the view. It's exactly that view which completely makes the weigh-in worth it.
The flight only lasted about 40 minutes and was actually quite soothing. The best part of the tripwhen compared to flying in the large jets we're all used tois that it only took a few minutes for everyone to disembark, grab their bags, and head off into the airport. This is especially handy if you have to catch another flight with a tight connection.
All in all, I wouldn't hesitate to book another flight on a Cape Air Cessna, as long as I had enough time for a crash diet, or at least a master cleanse, first.