A first in aviation history, a passenger passing gas forced an unscheduled landing of an AA flight in RDU.
Apparently the stink was so strong, passengers were complaining of headaches and nausea.
An official inspection upon landing determined the cause of the offensive odour was a flatulent passenger.
One can’t help but wonder how the inspection was carried out – sniffer dogs? Gas meter? Best not go down that rabbit hole.
Officials came to the same conclusion, refusing to identify any more details. The disruption was eventually labeled a “medical call”.
The airline itself also tried to play down the incident.
"We did have an aircraft from Charlotte to RDU this afternoon that is currently out of service for an actual mechanical issue - and odor in the cabin. But it is not due to 'passed gas' as mentioned," said spokesman Ross Feinstein.