Smell of durian de­lays flight af­ter pas­sen­gers protest

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

A Sri­wi­jaya Air flight bound for Jakarta from Bengkulu on Mon­day was re­port­edly de­layed for an hour af­ter pas­sen­gers ob­jected to the pun­gent aroma of durian in the pas­sen­ger cabin.

An­tara re­porter Boyke Ledy Wa­tra, who hap­pened to be on the plane, re­ported that sev­eral pas­sen­gers ar­gued, oc­ca­sion­ally al­most com­ing to blows, with flight crew mem­bers be­fore de­cid­ing to leave the air­craft.

Sri­wi­jaya Air even­tu­ally de­cided to un­load sacks of durian from the bag­gage com­part­ment and the flight even­tu­ally departed around 11.40am, an hour later than the sched­uled take­off.

Sri­wi­jaya Air se­nior cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Retri Maya re­leased a state­ment in re­sponse to the re­ports, jus­ti­fy­ing the air­line’s de­ci­sion to carry the durian de­spite its de­ci­sion to even­tu­ally un­load the strong-smelling but pop­u­lar fruit.

“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. Many air­lines do this,” she said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

A do­mes­tic flight was de­layed by an hour af­ter pas­sen­gers com­plained about the smell of duri­ans on board.

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