Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

World's stinkiest fruit causes flight delay

World's stinkiest fruit causes flight delay

The flight - which was bound for Jakarta, Java from Bengkulu, Sumatra - was eventually grounded after crew gave in to passengers' complaints.

It has often been compared to the smell of raw sewage or turpentine ("garnished with a gym sock", as per travel and food writer Richard Sterling), so you know that it's not something you'd like to have around in an enclosed space.

A flight in Indonesia was delayed when passengers complained about the smell from a 2-ton shipment of durian, a notoriously pungent fruit.

Passengers refused to fly with the shipment of fruit, leading the airline to delay the flight for an hour so the durian could be unloaded.

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.

A journalist from the Indonesia news agency Antara said arguments between some passengers and flight attendants nearly ended up in physical blows, according to the ABC.

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"Durian is not classified as a hazardous material to be transported on a plane", Sriwijaya Air's Abdul Rahim stated in a television appearance, the Straits Times reported.

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

A passenger onboard the plane detailed the incident, which took place on Monday, in a Facebook post.

Despite its decision to offload the fruit from the cargo, Sriwijaya Air senior corporate communications manager Retri Maya later released a statement justifying their decision by saying it was "not illegal" to carry durian fruit.

Crew allegedly told him that the smell would go away once the flight was in the air.

Passengers began boycotting the captain's orders and started getting off the plane, refusing to fly with the offensive fruit in tow. Passengers on the ground later recorded crews unloading the shipment of durian from the cargo area.

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