Thursday, 22 November, 2018

World's stinkiest fruit strikes again, cargo of durian grounds plane

Durian is highly popular in southeast Asia but very divisive Durian is highly popular in southeast Asia but very divisive
Nellie Chapman | 08 November, 2018, 11:46

The Sriwijaya Air flight, headed to Jakarta from Bengkulu province in Sumatra, was carrying more than two tons of durian.

At one point, things got so heated that a brawl nearly ensued, according to Boyke Ledy Watra, a journalist with Indonesian news agency Antara who was among those on board.

A cargo of pungent durian fruit caused an Indonesian plane to be delayed for an hour after passengers turned their noses up at the funky freight and refused to fly.

But Zidane said that despite the complaints, the pilot had decided the fruit - the smell of which some find nauseating - would remain stored in the cabin during the flight.

The airline defended its decision to load durian on the plane but said that going forward it would investigate other methods of transporting the fruit to keep from disrupting passengers. Video footage filmed by a passenger shows the sacks being taken off the plane as travellers wait on the tarmac.

"When I entered the plane, I could already smell the scent of durian. Many airlines do this", Sriwijaya Air senior corporate communications manager Retri Maya said in a statement to the Post on Tuesday.

Amir Zidane uploaded the clip to Facebook after the incident which took place on Monday.

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

The flight attendants assured him the smell would dissipate once the plane was airborne.

'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, ' Mr Maya said.

The head of Bengkulu airport, Anies Wardhana told local news outlet Detik the airport would "evaluate" future packing situations so that they would "not cause passenger discomfort".

The spiky fruit's flavor and creamy texture has made it popular throughout Southeast Asia, but its strong odor has gained it many detractors.