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"The airport has no ballast - you have to get off"

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Last Sunday I flew American Eagle from SMF > LAX and after the plane was full and the door closed, the captain came on the PA system and said "We need ballast to balance the plane - but apparently they don't have ballast so two passengers have to deplane". They hooked up the air bridge again and opened the door. One lady from the back got off (I didn't see anyone contact her but they must have). Was NOT happy, cussing under her breath as she walked past. Then a couple of minutes later the gate agent got on the PA and identified the other passenger that had to deplane and a young man came forward from way in the back. My guess is they were both off the standby list.

I would have been pi$$ed for sure.

Door closed and airbridge rolled back and off we taxied about 15 minutes late . . .

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