Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
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World's stinkiest fruit strikes again, cargo of durian grounds plane

World's stinkiest fruit strikes again, cargo of durian grounds plane

An Indonesia flight, which ended up stinking to high heaven because it carried two tonnes of what has been branded the world's smelliest fruit, was delayed as passengers refused to travel with the odorous cargo.

A representative for Sriwijaya Air has since claimed the smell of the durian was intensified because of the heat, despite wrapping the fruit and "putting in pandan leaves and coffee powder" to absorb the odor.

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 number of online commenters lauded the passengers' refusal to fly with such a large amount of durian on board, pointing to safety concerns in the wake of last week's Lion Air crash that killed 189 passengers and cabin crew. Video footage filmed by a passenger shows the sacks being taken off the plane as travellers wait on the tarmac.

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

The flight left around 11:40 a.m., an hour later than scheduled, the Post reported.


The airline said the fruit would not endanger the flight and the smell would go once the plane was in the air. "Many airlines do this", senior corporate communications manager Retri Maya said in a statement to the Jakarta Post.

"It's not illegal to carry durian in a flight as long as it is wrapped properly in accordance with flight regulations - carried inside the hold".

A Sriwijaya Air spokesperson confirmed the incident to the Express.co.uk and said there were three tonnes of the fruit on board the plane.

Bengkulu airport staff said they would review procedures regarding transport of durian to avoid passenger discomfort in the future.

The spiky looking, popular Asian fruit has many supporters considering it the "king of fruits" but plenty of haters as well who describe its smell as dirty socks and vomit. Some countries have banned patrons from carrying and eating it on public transportation, airlines, and accommodation services.

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