An Indonesian airline had to postpone a flight on Monday after the stinging smell of Durian had penetrated the cabin of the plane and almost led to a fight between passengers and crew.
Travelers aboard a Sriwajiya Air flight from Bengkulu in Indonesia to Jakarta complained of the smell prior to departure and insisted that the airline remove the spiky, stinking fruit – of which it had nearly 4,500 pounds in the hold – from the flight Strait's Times.
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The situation in the cabin was reportedly so bad that the passengers and crew were almost "killed", reported The Jakarta Post. She quoted a report from a reporter from Antara who was on the flight.
The airline staff had said the smell would dissipate once the flight was in the air, but the passengers refused to fly and plundered. Passengers on the ground later seized crews unloading cargo Durian from the cargo area.
The incident delayed the flight by about one hour.
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A representative of Sriwijaya Air claims since then that the durian odor was intensified due to the heat, although he wrapped the fruit and "pandan leaves and coffee powder inserted" to absorb the smell.
"Durian is not classified as a hazardous material to be transported on an airplane," said Abdul Rahim of Sriwijaya Air in a television appearance, the Straits Times reported.
The airport in Bengkulu meanwhile should rethink how Durian will be transported on future flights.
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This is not the first time that Durian has caused a literal and figurative stench. In April, 600 people were evacuated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's library – and crews were checked for gas leaks – after a rotting Durian was left in a cupboard.
The fruit, sometimes called the "King of Fruits", has a creamy, fibrous texture, but also a smell that the Smithsonian magazine once compared with "turpentine and onions decorated with a turn sock."
"Bizarre Foods" is hosted by Andrew Zimmern, who is known for eating the world's most intimidating and disgusting foods. He also compared it once with "rotten mushy onions" and said it was even "too much" [him], "