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Airline forced to remove cargo as passengers refuse to board

“Your breath will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother,” Anthony Bourdain famously said of eating durian. Others have likened its unique aroma to rotting meat, days-old wet laundry and onion soup. Is it any wonder then that two tonnes of the stuff was enough to delay a flight?



Several passengers began arguing with cabin crew of a Sriwijaya Air flight bound for Jakarta, claiming they could smell the notoriously smelly fruit in the passenger cabin, ABC reported.


According to a journalist with Indonesia's Antara news agency who happened to be on the plane, passengers demanded the durian, which was stored in the cargo bin,  be removed and exited the aircraft until it was.


The flight eventually departed an hour later than scheduled after the airline agreed to remove the fruit.


"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," Sriwijaya Air said in a statement.


"Many airlines do this.”


Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 7 November 2018

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