Passengers refuse to fly on Indonesian plane carrying 'stinky' fruit cargo

Indonesian Plane Delayed For An Hour Over Freight Of Stinky Fruit

Stinky fruit causes plane protest

After passengers who had already boarded the plane made a decision to get off, the staff chose to acquiesce and unloaded the fruit, a process that delayed the flight by an hour but it landed safely in Jakarta.

Considered the "king of fruits" in many South-east Asian countries, the distinctive odour of durian is very divisive - food writer Richard Sterling once described it as "turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock".

An Indonesian commercial airplane loaded with a 2-ton shipment of durian was delayed when passengers complained of the smell and successfully lobbied the airline to remove the notoriously stinky fruit prior to takeoff.

A cargo of durian caused an Indonesian plane to be temporarily grounded after passengers complained about the fruit's room-clearing stench in the cabin.

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

Passengers then left the aircraft, refusing to fly unless the fruit was removed.

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

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

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.

The flight attendants assured him the smell would dissipate once the plane was airborne. They all chanted back, "not us!'".

Eventually, they all disembarked the plane while the durian was unloaded.

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".

Responding to the incident, Pramintohadi Sukarno, acting director general for air transportation, said that "carrying durian, terasi (fermented shrimp paste), dried, salted fish and other stinky goods in a plane is not forbidden because they are not categorized as unsafe goods".

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