Passengers on small planes are used to being moved around the cabin when the plane is less than full for “weight and balance.” This is really about the balance portion of that phrase, because if weight isn’t distributed properly throughout the aircraft it may be difficult to control.
But this United Airlines sports charter provides perhaps the most graphic visualization of why weight and balance matters on a mainline jet. This is either Pullman–Moscow Regional Airport (normally only has Horizon Air) or Lewiston–Nez Perce County Airport (served by Delta, and starting next month United to Denver), but appears to have received a United plane with USC Trojans in advance of their game against the Washington State Cougars.
USC just arrived in Pullman WA for their game with Wazzu. Here’s their plane… Half the team was still on it too😳 no explanation yet… pic.twitter.com/3lwvChstEA
— Dave Stockton Jr (@DSJR1) September 18, 2021
One commenter offered, “It’s was a tradition that the USC Football team upon arrival at the visiting stadium they would rock the bus side to side. Rocking the plane takes it to new heights.”
Another suggested, “Obviously, nobody thought about it when they put the linemen in the back.”