qcpilotxf wrote:The smaller aft bin is normally called the 'Bulk' bin, it normally accommodates bags that arrived after the cans were already closed up or arrived after loading began. They also store items that cannot be containerized for some reason in this bin, things like outsized checked luggage and gate return items like strollers.
B777LRF wrote:Usually the bulk compartment, or compartment 5 if you will, is the last to be filled and the first to be emptied. This makes it the first choice for e.g. late connecting bags and priority bags. It is also ideal for strollers, baby carriers or wheelchairs. Since most live animals can't be loaded in containers, it is also frequently used for loading of that kind of cargo. Some carriers also use them for specific purposes, such as that mentioned by Gregory above.
It may also, in case balance has gone out the window for whatever reason, be used to get a too nose heavy aircraft back in trim by stuffing it with bags, cargo or whatever else is on hand - even ballast in rare cases.
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