An Indonesian plane was temporarily grounded after passengers complained about an overwhelming smell of durian in the cabin.
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.
South-east Asia's most divisive fruit managed to ground a plane earlier this week, when passengers refused to fly with two tonnes of it in the cargo hold.
Passengers eventually left the plane and refused to board the aircraft until the fruit was removed.More news: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns at the Request of President Trump
Sriwijaya Air eventually made a decision to unload the sacks of durian from the flight, causing them to depart at 11.40am, an hour later than scheduled.
The flight eventually took off around 11:40am local time (04:40 GMT), an hour later than scheduled.
The airline said the fruit would not endanger the flight and the smell would go once the plane was in the air.
"Durian is not classified as a hazardous material to be transported on a plane", Abdul said.More news: Midterm election 2018: Donald Trump SHUTS DOWN CNN reporter in fiery confrontation
The fruit is a delicacy in much of Asia, but its foul smell means it's banned from public transportation, hotels and planes in some countries.
Footage of the incident, uploaded to Facebook by a passenger named Amir Zidane, shows travellers milling around on the tarmac as aircrew unload the offending cargo, whose smell has been likened to rotten onions, turpentine and dirty gym socks.
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.
A flight was delayed for an hour after irate passengers complained about a disgusting smell filling the plane cabin. "They all chanted back 'not us!'".More news: RUMOR: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Icons on PS4 Servers Suggest Imminent Game Awards Announcement
Sriwijaya Air later insisted that it was not illegal to transport durian "as long as it is wrapped properly in accordance with flight regulations - carried inside the hold".
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