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Kenyan Politician Calls for an End to Farting on Planes

Kenyan Politician Calls for an End to Farting on Planes
Jennifer Billock

Be honest—have you ever farted on a plane? Like the majority of the population, the answer is probably yes; but if a government official in Kenya has her way, there will soon be a law to make sure no one ever farts on a plane again, ending years of people unsettling other passengers with their gas.

In a recent debate by politicians in Kenya about a report by the Kenyan National Assembly Committee on Transport, Public Works and Housing, Rangwe Constituency parliament member Dr. Lilian Achieng Gogo made a somewhat odd statement: She wants a law in place that will put an end to plane passengers releasing gas during a flight.

“There is one irritant that is often ignored and this is the level of farting within the aircraft,” Achieng Gogo said during the debate, reported by Secret Flying. “There are passengers who literally irritate fellow passengers by passing bad smell and uncomfortable fart (sic). If there is anyone given irritant that makes people fight on board, it is the fart. It is terrible within the plane. We need special training on aircraft crew so that they provide medicines like bicarbonate of soda to passengers after meals and drinks have been served. We should also have paramedics, who are trained in basic first aid included in the international and local flights.”

Although, the comments weren’t entirely unexpected. Last month another politician in Kenya was accused of farting in the chamber during assembly discussions. He denied the claims, but air fresheners were brought into the chamber on order of the speaker.

 

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14 Comments

  1. jjmoore

    September 18, 2019 at 4:55 am

    If you’re terrified of a fart on a plane, you probably aren’t emotionally stable enough to fly anyway. Too bad. Take the bus.

  2. knav2013

    September 18, 2019 at 5:19 am

    finally, someone has cleared the air.

  3. Mr. Vker

    September 18, 2019 at 5:36 am

    Increased flatulence on planes is largely due to the relative lower cabin pressure vs pressure inside the body. Normally at or near sea level there is more balance so less flatulence. Lower the outside pressure and….. I actually saw this on some aviation show. They simulated a slow cabin depressurization. Everyone started passing gas as the cabin pressure reduced. So, government passing a law will not supercede the laws of nature.

  4. gbs1112

    September 18, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Lets face facts, Aircraft cabins are depressurised to an equivalent of 6,000 to 8,000ft above sea level. Any gas within the body will expand and everyone on board has naturally confined air in ears, sinuses and gut. On a long haul flight the gas in the gut will be added to as well as we eat, swallow and digest food, as well as continuing to generate more by natural fermentation. It will need to, want to and must escape. There is no law nor medication that can alter this. We can just hope that the cabin air is being dealt with efficiently.

  5. SamirD

    September 18, 2019 at 9:20 am

    On a continent with such massive problems as Africa, I think farting is the least of them…

  6. BSpeaker

    September 18, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Apparently this legislator has never taken a biology or science class. First of all, the average person passes gas 14 times a day. Second of all, has she ever left a water bottle sealed during the flight? The water bottle will expand and contract with air pressure. Science 101 – our bodies are going to respond in a similar way. Third, how on earth did this woman get elected to high office? There are many problems in that country that require real legislation. Trying to legislate physiological reactions is just bizarre and a waste of time. How about legislation that addresses what can be addressed? How about mandating better air circulation on airplanes.

    I’m getting fed up with politicians all over the world trying to deal with things that can’t be controlled and ignoring real problems that can.

  7. zarkov505

    September 18, 2019 at 9:50 am

    BSpeaker, that is my very favorite elementary school science experiment!

    Open a water bottle at altitude, drink one quarter to one half of the contents, and then reseal it. Then look at how much it crushed down during descent, final approach, and landing.

  8. knav2013

    September 18, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Being eaten by lions is a big problem everywhere. Not just Africa.

  9. trm2

    trm2

    September 18, 2019 at 11:24 am

    This request just doesn’t pass the smell test.

  10. Moyerclan

    September 18, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    So two Simethicone tabs in a little packet on the dinner tray may help alleviate this problem, right?

  11. glob99

    September 19, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Oo-oo that smell,
    can’t you smell that smell?
    Oo-oo that smell,

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  12. Boggie Dog

    September 19, 2019 at 9:17 am

    I think someone has lost sight of real problems.

  13. skidooman

    September 19, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Well, can’t say Kenya pops have no sense of humor!

    ….

    Huh, what? What do you mean they are serious?

    They will train a flatulence police squad? Dish out fines? Would these be proportional to the amount of gas released or its odorous strengrh?

    LOL!

  14. dfwtexasusa

    September 25, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Similar to the lavatories, the aircraft should have air automatically continuously blowing throughout the cabins. This will help eliminate not only fart smells but other obnoxious odors from passengers who don’t use deodorant, nor bathe, bad breath or have stinky feet.

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