Stinky durian fruit grounds Indonesian passenger plane

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Some passengers even argued that apart from the unpleasant smell, they were also concerned by the extra weight on board.

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

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.

According to, that's exactly what passengers on this flight had - about 2 tons of the fruit, locked away in the plane's cargo holds.

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The durian fruit was then unloaded off the aircraft.

The flight took off an hour later than scheduled to Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

If it stinks this bad, you gotta admit, you kind of wonder why anyone would ever want to taste it. Some countries have banned patrons from carrying and eating it on public transportation, airlines, and accommodation services. "I complained to the stewardess but they told me to just fill up a complaint form", passenger Amir Zidane wrote on Facebook, the BBC reported.

Passengers began boycotting the captain's orders and started getting off the plane, refusing to fly with the offensive fruit in tow.

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The situation inside the cabin reportedly became so bad that passengers and crew nearly came "to blows", according to The Jakarta Post, citing a report from an Antara news reporter who was on the flight.

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

"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". His Facebook post about the incident has been shard more than 20,000 times as of Wednesday afternoon. "Many airlines do this", Retri Maya, senior corporate communications manager for Sriwijaya Airlines told the Jakarta post in a press statement.

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