Indonesian flight delayed due to stinky fruit

Mae Love
November 8, 2018

About 2 tons of the world's stinkiest fruit was in the cargo hold of the Jakarta-bound Sriwijaya Air flight at Bengkulu in Sumatra, the BBC reported.

"A journalist with Indonesia's Antara news agency who happened to be on the plane reported that several passengers began arguing with flight attendants and nearly came to physical blows", the report notes.

An Indonesian airliner was delayed for an hour after passengers complained of an overpowering stench released from a load of the notorious thorny fruit durian, according to reports.

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

The passengers then disembarked the flight as they claimed that it would make flying unbearable.

In their arguments for the fruit's removal, some passengers referred to the crash of a Mandala Airlines plane in 2005 which failed to take off and killed 149 people. The problem is, videos circulating where a passenger taking the video accused carrying durian as a safety hazard.

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

"Durian is not classified as a hazardous material to be transported on a plane", Abdul said.

'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, ' Mr Maya said. "Many airlines do this", Retri Maya, senior corporate communications manager for Sriwijaya Airlines told the Jakarta post in a press statement.

The flight attendants assured him the smell would dissipate once the plane was airborne.

The spiky fruit's flavor and creamy texture has made it popular throughout Southeast Asia, but its strong odor has gained it many detractors.

Bengkulu airport staff said they would review procedures regarding transport of durian to avoid passenger discomfort in the future.

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