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I flew on JetBlue Flight 1011 BOS-ORD today, 2017-01-14. At the arrival gate, after 2/3 of the passengers had deplaned, a flight attendant asked us to stop and wait. He told us that the pilots were concerned that the plane was "tipping" to aft. I overheard the pilot say that the front landing gear was fully extended. The pilot also mentioned that they had "never seen anything like this," that there was no cargo on board, and that the baggage handlers had 30-40 bags remaining at the rear of the plane. After about ten minutes, we were all allowed off.

Why would something like this happen?

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A picture is worth a thousand words... Passenger airplanes do not fasten baggage in the belly down, occasionally there can be a concern from the baggage pilling up at the tail (i.e. turbulence). New baggage employees may also have offloaded the aircraft wrong - unloading the front first.

I have been on airplanes where the flight attendants moved passengers from the rear of the airplane to first class because the aircraft was too tail heavy.

Most newer jets have pressure sensors on the gear. This allows the flight computer to show the crew how the aircraft is loaded in real time. The pilot may have received a warning the nose gear was too light or he may have notice the aircraft tipping up.

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    $\begingroup$ As I understood the OP she knew about forces on levers but could not understand why that happens to an almost empty aircraft.... $\endgroup$ – Timothy Truckle Jan 15 '18 at 7:28

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