Passengers on a recent Sriwijaya Air flight caused their Jakarta-bound service to be delayed on Monday when they protested against their plane’s smelly cargo: a load of durian fruit. The plane was delayed by about an hour until travelers succeeded in getting the foul fruit removed from the flight.
Passengers on-board a Sriwijaya Air flight earlier this week caused their service to be delayed in protest at the plane’s notoriously noxious cargo: sacks of durian fruit, The Jakarta Post reports. The incident occurred on Monday on Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ091, just as the flight was preparing to depart Bengkulu on the island of Sumatra for the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
According to the outlet, the strong smell of durian – often likened to rotting onions or even raw sewage – was detectable by passengers in the cabin prior to departure. As the plane sat on the tarmac, eyewitness accounts indicate that heated exchanges took place between passengers and the crew of the flight.
The odor in the cabin was all too much for one passenger, who decided to take actions into his own hands. Amir Zidane rallied his fellow unhappy travelers and managed to succeed in eventually getting the smelly cargo of fruit removed from the plane’s hold.
Recounting his part in the incident in a Facebook post, Zidane said, as quoted by HuffPost, “I yelled at the other passengers ‘Who on this plane wants to fly?’. They all chanted back, ‘‘not us!”.”
The durian were finally offloaded and the flight, which had been scheduled to depart at 10:50, took off at 12:05 local time.
Speaking of the incident in an official statement, Retri Maya, the carrier’s senior corporate communications manager, was quoted by The Jakarta Post as saying that, “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.”