Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Stinky fruit causes plane protest

Stinky fruit causes plane protest

According to the Jakarta Post, Boyke Ledy Watra, a reporter for Antara, happened to be there and said passengers were on the brink of dishing out physical blows as they clashed with cabin crew.

An Indonesia flight, which ended up stinking to high heaven because it carried two tonnes of what has been branded the world's smelliest fruit, was delayed as passengers refused to travel with the odorous cargo. In April, 600 people were evacuated from the library of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology - and crews were dispatched to check for gas leaks - after a rotting durian was left inside a cupboard.

The durian fruit has been banned from public transport and hotels in some countries because of its "stinky" smell, which has been described by food writer Richard Sterling as "turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock".

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

But Zidane said that despite the complaints, the pilot had decided the fruit - the smell of which some find nauseating - would remain stored in the cabin during the flight.

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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.

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. "I complained to the stewardess but they told me to just fill up a complaint form", passenger Amir Zidane wrote on Facebook, the BBC reported.

Sriwijaya spokeswoman Retri Maya said the durian had been properly loaded into the plane.

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

Eventually, they were all asked to leave the plane while the crew unloaded the durian.

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