Durian cargo de­lays plane in In­done­sia

The Phnom Penh Post - - WORLD -

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

Pas­sen­gers booked on a Sri­wi­jaya Air flight from Bengkulu prov­ince in Su­ma­tra to Jakarta on Mon­day com­plained to staff af­ter smelling the fruit and re­fused to get on the plane – re­pulsed by the pun­gent pay­load and con­cerned about the ex­tra weight on board.

The air­line ad­mit­ted it was car­ry­ing more than two tonnes of the whiffy wares but in­sisted they posed no dan­ger to the flight, adding the smell would dis­si­pate once the air­craft took off.

“Durian is not clas­si­fied as a haz­ardous ma­te­rial to be trans­ported on a plane,” Sri­wi­jaya Air of­fi­cial Ab­dul Rahim told na­tional tele­vi­sion sta­tion Kom­pas TV late on Tues­day.

He blamed un­usu­ally hot weather for the stench.

“We made the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions, such as putting in pan­dan leaves and cof­fee pow­der to ab­sorb the durian smell,” Rahim said.

Staff de­cided to un­load the fruit af­ter pas­sen­gers who had boarded the flight de­cided to get off the plane, which took off an hour later and landed safely in Jakarta.

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