Passengers create stink over pungent planeload of durian

Stinky fruit causes plane protest

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.

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.

A cargo of pungent durian fruit caused an Indonesian plane to be delayed for an hour after passengers turned their noses up at the funky freight and refused to fly.

In April, the stench of rotting durian in a library at Melbourne's RMIT University led to a mass evacuation. The problem was that the smell was so strong it had spread into the cabin, and it nearly led to physical fights between passengers and the flight attendants.

"Food writer Richard Sterling has written 'its odor is best described as ... turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock'".

Passengers demanded that the fruit be removed, with some nearly coming to blows with crew members.

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Durian is considered a delicacy in many parts of Asia but it attracts a lot of negative attention thanks to its "raw sewage"-like smell. Many airlines do this", Retri Maya, senior corporate communications manager for Sriwijaya Airlines told the Jakarta post in a press statement".

"When I entered the plane, I could already smell the scent of durian".

Passengers began boycotting the captain's orders and started getting off the plane, refusing to fly with the offensive fruit in tow.

Amir Zidane uploaded the clip to Facebook after the incident which took place on Monday.

Zidane wrote that the passengers were allowed to leave the plane while the crew unloaded the sacks of durian from the plane.

The company 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".

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