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Indonesian Plane Delayed For An Hour Over Freight Of Stinky Fruit

Indonesian Plane Delayed For An Hour Over Freight Of Stinky Fruit

Durian is known as the world's stinkiest fruit.

The fruit, which is sometimes referred to as the "king of fruits", has a creamy, stringy texture, but also a smell that Smithsonian magazine once compared to "turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock".

In April, the smell of durian rotting in a cupboard at an Australian university's library was mistaken for a gas leak, the Associated Press reported.

According to the BBC, about two tons of the fruit was in the plane's cargo hold.

The late Anthony Bourdain reportedly described durian as "something you will either love or despise ..." Some countries have banned patrons from carrying and eating it on public transportation, airlines, and accommodation services.

In a video posted by one of the passengers, Amir Zidane, he claims there were three tonnes of durian that were removed from the flight to conform to the passengers' demands.

An Indonesian plane was temporarily grounded after passengers complained about an overwhelming smell of durian in the cabin.

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That took nearly an hour and 2 tons were removed, but at the end of it, the plane took off from Bengkulu in Sumatra.

"Man, this is a bad smell", Zidane said he told the officer.

A flight was delayed for an hour after irate passengers complained about a terrible smell filling the plane cabin. It caused the plane to depart with a one hour delay.

"Even the old ladies" were tormented by the smell, he wrote.

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. His Facebook post about the incident has been shard more than 20,000 times as of Wednesday afternoon.

The company then went on to say that it was normal practice for Indonesian airlines to carry durian in the hold, "as long as [the durian] is packed well and enclosed in the cargo according to standard operating procedure".

Sriwijaya spokeswoman Retri Maya said the durian had been properly loaded into the plane.

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