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

Stinky fruit causes plane protest

A number of online commenters lauded the passengers' refusal to fly with such a large amount of durian on board, pointing to safety concerns in the wake of last week's Lion Air crash that killed 189 passengers and cabin crew.

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.

A cargo of durian caused an Indonesian plane to be temporarily grounded after passengers complained about the fruit's room-clearing stench in the cabin.

A shipment of durian, sometimes referred to the "king of fruits", was removed from the plane after complaints.

The durian fruit was then unloaded off the aircraft.

"If you've smelled a durian even once, you probably remember it", Smithsonian.com once wrote.

Its potent stench means it's banned from public transportation, hotels and even planes in certain countries.

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Some passengers argued with crew members and nearly came to the point of physical altercation, according to the Jakarta Times.

The standoff ended when boarded passengers began to get off the flight.

The flight eventually took off around 11:40am local time (04:40 GMT), an hour later than scheduled.

A passenger onboard the plane detailed the incident, which took place on Monday, in a Facebook post. "Many airlines do this", Sriwijaya Air senior corporate communications manager Retri Maya said in a statement to the Post on Tuesday.

A flight was delayed for an hour after irate passengers complained about a awful smell filling the plane cabin. Passengers on the ground later recorded crews unloading the shipment of durian from the cargo area.

"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.

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