World's stinkiest fruit strikes again, cargo of durian grounds plane

Indonesian Plane Delayed For An Hour Over Freight Of Stinky Fruit

Indonesian Plane Delayed For An Hour Over Freight Of Stinky Fruit

The problem was that the smell was so strong it had spread into the cabin, and it nearly led to physical fights between passengers and the flight attendants.

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".

An Indonesia flight, which ended up stinking to high heaven because it carried two tonnes of what has been branded the world's smelliest fruit, was delayed as passengers refused to travel with the odorous cargo.

After passengers who had already boarded the plane chose to get off, the staff made a decision to acquiesce and unloaded the fruit, a process that delayed the flight by an hour but it landed safely in Jakarta.

The durian fruit was then unloaded off the aircraft. Hmm, do you think the smell would've been that bad? . Some countries have banned patrons from carrying and eating it on public transportation, airlines, and accommodation services.

Boyke Ledy Watra, a reporter with Indonesia's Antara news agency who was aboard the fetid flight, said passengers began arguing with the crew - with some nearly coming to blows with flight attendants.

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.

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

Passengers began boycotting the captain's orders and started getting off the plane, refusing to fly with the offensive fruit in tow.

"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. Passengers on the ground later recorded crews unloading the shipment of durian from the cargo area.

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