Passengers Couldn't Tahan 'Stinky' Smell of Durian, Causes 1 Hour Flight Delay

Durian is highly popular in southeast Asia but very divisive

Airline staff had claimed the smell would dissipate once the flight was in the air, but passengers refused to fly and deplaned.

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

Eventually, all passengers came off the plane, refusing to come back in until the crew removed all durian fruit from the cargo holds.

Videos circulating online showed verbal altercations on the tarmac between disgruntled travellers and ground staff and the fruit finally being taken off the plane after the flight had been delayed for one hour.

"The thorny durian is a delicacy in much of Asia but also controversial - you either love it or hate it", wrote the BBC. Some countries have banned patrons from carrying and eating it on public transportation, airlines, and accommodation services.

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. His Facebook post about the incident has been shard more than 20,000 times as of Wednesday afternoon.

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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".

'Three tonnes of durian offloaded from a Sriwijaya Air jet after pax complained of the smell.

Crew members assured him the smell would vanish as soon as the plane was in the air.

An Indonesian plane bound for Jakarta on Monday was grounded after passengers were overpowered by the noxious smell of durian pervading the cabin shortly before takeoff.

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

Despite its decision to offload the fruit from the cargo, Sriwijaya Air senior corporate communications manager Retri Maya later released a statement justifying their decision by saying it was "not illegal" to carry durian fruit.

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