Under older Federal Aviation Administration rules, airlines were required to estimate the weight of a passenger as 185 lb. (That amount is for an adult traveling in winter, and it includes 20 lb of carry-on baggage.) Rules were revised to use an estimate of 195 lb. Men now have weights that are normally distributed with a mean of 182.9 lb and a standard deviation of 40.9 lb (based on Data Set 1 in Appendix B).
a. If 1 adult male is randomly selected and is assumed to have 20 lb of carry-on baggage find the probability that his total weight is greater than 195 lb.
b. If a Boeing 767-300 aircraft is full of 213 adult male passengers and each is assumed to have 20 lb of carry-on baggage, find the probability that the mean passenger weight (including carry-on baggage) is greater than 195 lb. Based on that probability, does a pilot have to be concerned about exceeding this weight limit?

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