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

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Passengers disembarked the Sriwijaya Air flight, bound for Jakarta from Bengkulu on Sumatra Island, after complaining that the odour in the cabin would make flying unbearable.

An Indonesian airline was forced to delay a flight on Monday after the pungent smell of durian permeated the plane's cabin and nearly caused a brawl between passengers and crew.

Passengers refused to board the plane and complained to staff about the fruit's strong smell.

Sriwijaya Air eventually chose to unload the sacks of durian from the flight, causing them to depart at 11.40am, an hour later than scheduled.

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

Durian is considered a delicacy in many parts of Asia but it attracts a lot of negative attention thanks to its "raw sewage"-like smell".

The airline admitted it was carrying more than two tonnes of the smelly ware but insisted they posed no danger to the flight and that the smell would go once the aircraft was in the air.

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The durian is known for being one of the grossest-smelling fruits in the world-think "turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock", as one food writer has described it, per Smithsonian.

"Many airlines do this", it told the Jakarta Post.

Videos circulating online showed verbal altercations on the tarmac between disgruntled travellers and ground staff and the fruit finally being taken off the plane after the flight had been delayed for one hour.

It was at that point that Zidane turned to his fellow passengers and asked who wanted to fly with such a smell.They all shouted back: "Not us!".

"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", their spokesperson said.

The airport in Bengkulu, meanwhile, is said to be rethinking how durian will be transported on future flights.

Durian's stench is so pungent it's banned from public transportation, hotels and even planes in certain countries.

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