Inflight Flatulence Leads To Fight & Diversion

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

An airline passenger who refused to stop passing malodorous gas caused such offence to his fellow passengers that a fight broke out, forcing the pilot to divert the flight and make an emergency landing.

According to a report in Amsterdam’s De Telegraaf, the unpleasant incident occurred on a Transavia Airlines flight from CXB to AMS.

Two Dutchmen sitting next to the flatulent passenger demanded that he desist from breaking ill wind, but he refused, infuriating nearby pax.

A fight is said to have broken out. When a warning from the pilot failed to calm the situation, the plane diverted to VIE, where it made an unscheduled landing.

Reports say Austrian police boarded the plane in Vienna and removed two women and two men identified as “passengers on the rampage.”

The two women -- who are sisters -- claim they weren’t involved in the fighting or the farting and called their removal humiliating. They are filing suit against the airline.

“We had no idea who these boys were, we just had the bad luck to be in the same row and we didn’t do anything,” one told De Telegraaf. “All I will say is that the crew were really provocative and stirred things up.”

None of the four passengers were charged but all have been banned from flying with the KLM-owned HV in future. The airline says its stands behind its cabin crew and pilots on the issue. (Of course they do -- who would want to stand behind the passenger?)

If the farty flyer was an Open Jaw reader, they wouldn’t have had to worry about assaulting seatmates with noxious fumes. Back in 2015 we informed you about Shreddies, special underwear with a charcoal-activated back panel that absorbs odours and can be renewed by simply washing. It’s the perfect gift for the frequently flying farter.

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