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Family kicked off plane due to body odour

Could this be a case of smell-ism?

An American couple and their young daughter were asked to leave a plane after passengers apparently complained about their body odour. 


On their way home to Detroit following a holiday in Miami, the couple said there had been nothing wrong with their smell. 


Screenshot via WPLG


"There's nothing wrong with us," Yossi Adler told ABC’s Local 10 News at Miami International Airport. 


"All of a sudden, as soon as they took us off, they closed the gate and then they said, 'Sorry, sir, some people complained you had body odor and we're not letting you back on'".


The Adlers also claimed their luggage was not taken off the plane after the carrier said it would be. 


"They have our car seat, stroller, everything," Jennie Adler said.


When the Adlers returned to the airport the following day, they even asked people if they smelled to be sure there wouldn’t be any further issues.


"We stopped several people in the airport and, it's embarrassing, but we asked them, 'Do you think we smell? Because we just got kicked off a plane for smelling’," Jennie Adler said.


The carrier, American Airlines, confirmed that the passengers had been removed on account of their aroma. 


"Mr. Adler and his wife were removed from the flight when several passengers complained about their body odor," a statement to Local 10 said.


"They have been booked into a hotel for the night and given meal vouchers. They have been rebooked on a flight Thursday."

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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 24 January 2019

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