Passengers create stink over pungent planeload of durian

Indonesian Plane Delayed For An Hour Over Freight Of Stinky Fruit

Indonesian Plane Delayed For An Hour Over Freight Of Stinky Fruit

Travelers aboard a Sriwajiya Air flight from Bengkulu, in Indonesia, to Jakarta complained of the odor prior to takeoff, insisting that the airline remove the spiky, smelly fruit - of which there was almost 4,500 pounds in the cargo hold - from the flight, per The Straits Times.

Passengers in Indonesia have refused to fly on board a plane carrying a load of the smelly durian fruit causing the plane to delay by an hour while the fresh cargo was unloaded.

"The three tonnes [mentioned in the video] is the total weight of baggages and other cargo, and this includes the durian".

Staff chose to unload the fruit after passengers who had boarded the flight made a decision to get off the plane, which took off an hour later and landed safely in Jakarta.

Sriwijaya Air eventually chose to unload the sacks of durian from the flight, causing them to depart at 11.40am, an hour later than scheduled.

"When I entered the plane, I could already smell the scent of durian", he said. Video footage filmed by a passenger shows the sacks being taken off the plane as travellers wait on the tarmac.

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Durian is a large, spikey fruit enjoyed across Asia, but many despise the foul-smelling delicacy.

Passenger Amir Zidane said, in a Facebook post, that he had flagged the issue with a member of the cabin crew.

Zidane wrote that when he complained to a flight attendant about the stink and the heat on the plane she handed him a piece of paper and told him to put his complaint in writing.

The flight took off an hour later than scheduled to Indonesian capital, Jakarta. "Many airlines do this", Sriwijaya Air senior corporate communications manager Retri Maya said in a statement to the Post on Tuesday.

The company then went on to say that it was normal practice for Indonesian airlines to carry durian in the hold, "as long as [the durian] is packed well and enclosed in the cargo according to standard operating procedure".

It's even banned from public transport in Singapore and Bangkok, where it's also not uncommon to see "No Durian Allowed" signs in hotels and hostels.

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