Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

The World's Smelliest Fruit Grounded an Entire Plane in Indonesia

The World's Smelliest Fruit Grounded an Entire Plane in Indonesia

A flight was delayed for an hour after irate passengers complained about a disgusting smell filling the plane cabin.

An Indonesian flight was temporarily grounded after passengers created a stink over the pungent odour of sacks of the world's smelliest fruit in the cargo hold.

That took nearly an hour and 2 tons were removed, but at the end of it, the plane took off from Bengkulu in Sumatra.

The airline defended its decision to load durian on the plane but said that going forward it would investigate other methods of transporting the fruit to keep from disrupting passengers.

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.

The flight left around 11:40 a.m., an hour later than scheduled, the Post reported.

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

"When I entered the plane, I could already smell the scent of durian". His Facebook post about the incident has been shard more than 20,000 times as of Wednesday afternoon.

"I complained to the stewardess but they told me to just fill in a complaint form". They all chanted back, "not us!'".

Claims made in the videos that the plane was carrying three tonnes of durian were dismissed on Tuesday by Retri Maya, senior corporate communications manager at Sriwijaya Air.

"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.

He added that other passengers started complaining and some even nearly "physically clashed with crew members". Passengers on the ground later recorded crews unloading the shipment of durian from the cargo area.

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