Stink of durian fruit delays flight in Indonesia

Gladys Abbott
November 9, 2018

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.

The Sriwijaya Air plane was delayed for an hour at Bengkulu, south west of Sumatra, when passengers complained of the fruit's overpowering smell.

Pasenger Amir Zidane wrote on his Facebook page on Monday that he and his friends were among the last to board the flight to Jakarta at Fatmawati Soekarno Bengkulu Airport in Bengkulu, Indonesia, and "the scent of duress was already felt".

Passengers on the flight demanded the fruit be unloaded before the plane took off due to the bad stench.

As they protested for the removal of what is considered by some a delicacy, and by others a cheese-smelling fruit, passengers reportedly referred to a 2005 crash of a Mandala Airlines plane in Medan, which killed 149 people.

An Indonesian passenger plane was momentarily grounded after a spontaneous passenger uprising, Antara reports.

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'Three tonnes of durian offloaded from a Sriwijaya Air jet after pax complained of the smell. The airline eventually agreed to offload the sacks of durian fruit from the cargo hold and the flight departed an hour later than schedule.

Sriwijaya attempted to rationalize the airline's decision to take on two tons of the cargo by pointing out no laws were broken.

It was at that point that Zidane turned to his fellow passengers and asked who wanted to fly with such a smell.They all shouted back: "Not us!". Singapore has banned the fruit in its subway system, and many hotels ban durians because of the notorious smell - which some critics have likened to rotten food or dirty socks.

"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", the airline said, adding: "Many airlines do this".

He added that other passengers started complaining and some even nearly "physically clashed with crew members".

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