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Two Tonnes Of Smelly Durian Fruit Temporarily Grounds Flight After Passenger Complaints

08 November 2018
Two Tonnes Of Smelly Durian Fruit Temporarily Grounds Flight After Passenger Complaints

Passengers booked on a Sriwijaya Air flight from Bengkulu province in Sumatra to Jakarta on Monday complained to staff after smelling the fruit and refused to get on the plane.

A journalist from the Indonesia news agency Antara said arguments between some passengers and flight attendants nearly ended up in physical blows, according to the ABC.

Passengers on an Indonesian airplane almost came to fisticuffs with the flight crew on Monday because they could smell the stench of two tons durian in the cargo area. In April, 600 people were evacuated from the library of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology - and crews were dispatched to check for gas leaks - after a rotting durian was left inside a cupboard.

But Zidane said that despite the complaints, the pilot had decided the fruit - the smell of which some find nauseating - would remain stored in the cabin during the flight.

Staff made a decision to unload the fruit after passengers who had boarded the flight chose to get off the plane, which took off an hour later and landed safely in Jakarta.

For those not in the know about the fruit's smell, food writer Richard Sterling once wrote, "its odor is best described as...turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock".

'Three tonnes of durian offloaded from a Sriwijaya Air jet after pax complained of the smell.

In a video posted by one of the passengers, Amir Zidane, he claims there were three tonnes of durian that were removed from the flight to conform to the passengers' demands.

Staff finally unloaded the fruit and the plane took off an hour later, reaching Jakarta safely. Passengers on the ground later recorded crews unloading the shipment of durian from the cargo area.

The flight took off an hour later than scheduled to Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

"It's not illegal to carry durian in a flight as long as it is wrapped properly in accordance with flight regulations - carried inside the hold", their spokesperson said.