So Bad There’s a Name For It!

“The couple were later told the bags were excluded to keep the aircraft within legal weight and fuel limits, a situation referred to in the industry as a “bulk-out.”
(Via CBC News)

I’d guess there is also a strong correlation to the current “security theater” we go through and what we have to check instead of carry on. This is why I almost don’t fly unless it’s an island I’m heading to.