40 Things About Air Travel That Only Flight Attendants Know

12. Will Your Overweight Suitcase Bring Down the Plane?

It’s annoying to get slammed with additional fees for overweight or additional luggage, but the truth of the matter is that a few extra pounds aren’t going to bring the plane down. Planes are designed to transport at least one stowed bag per passenger.

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In order to maintain this weight balance to have the right center of gravity for takeoff, the airline industry has employed a longtime practice of loading (in some cases, even up to 600 pounds of) sandbags into the cargo hold to even out the weight.

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