Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Indonesian airline passengers revolt over sacks of stinky durian

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Elsie Buchanan | 08 November, 2018, 11:46

The Sriwijaya Air flight, headed to Jakarta from Bengkulu province in Sumatra, was carrying more than two tons of durian.

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.

The BBC reports a Sriwijaya Air flight destined Monday for Bengkulu out of Jakarta was grounded for an extra hour after passengers nearly got physical with crew members after boarding the plane and wrinkling their noses at the stench of the durian in the cargo hold.

In April, the smell of durian rotting in a cupboard at an Australian university's library was mistaken for a gas leak, the Associated Press reported. Passengers watched from the side as the fruit was taken off the flight, reboarded, and took off after about an hour delay.

Passengers eventually left the plane and refused to board the aircraft until the fruit was removed.

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

The thorny durian is a delicacy in much of Asia but also controversial - you either love it or hate it.

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

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.

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

A flight was delayed for an hour after irate passengers complained about a awful smell filling the plane cabin.

The company then 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".

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

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