Indonesian plane grounded after passengers complain about stinky durian

Kenny Grant
November 8, 2018

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.

It has often been compared to the smell of raw sewage or turpentine ("garnished with a gym sock", as per travel and food writer Richard Sterling), so you know that it's not something you'd like to have around in an enclosed space.

An Indonesian airline was forced to delay a flight on Monday after the pungent smell of durian permeated the plane's cabin and nearly caused a brawl between passengers and crew.

Passengers on the flight demanded the fruit be unloaded before the plane took off due to the very bad stench. "Even with the husk intact, the notorious Asian fruit has such a potent stench that it's banned on the Singapore Rapid Mass Transit".

He said he talked to an "officer" on the flight who told him that the plane was going to take off anyway.

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The thorny durian is a delicacy in much of Asia but also controversial - you either love it or hate it.

Boyke Ledy Watra, a journalist from Indonesia's news agency Antara, happened to be on the flight and reported that several passengers were arguing with the flight attendants that nearly led to a fight. His Facebook post about the incident has been shard more than 20,000 times as of Wednesday afternoon.

"When I entered the plane, I could already smell the scent of durian", he said.

An Indonesian plane bound for Jakarta on Monday was grounded after passengers were overpowered by the noxious smell of durian pervading the cabin shortly before takeoff. Passengers on the ground later recorded crews unloading the shipment of durian from the cargo area.

"It's normal for every airline to carry durian during a flight as long as it is packaged properly and put inside the cargo hold in accordance with the standards and procedures", Kyodo News quoted Maya as saying in a statement.

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