Travel delays happen for all sorts of reasons. A forced landing and evacuating an entire plane over a fart is extreme. After a woman farted in the air, passengers became ill, and the plane was forced to land at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Sunday. Here are more details from local CBS affiliate WNCN:
A person who “passed gas” on an American Airlines plane on Sunday afternoon forced all passengers off the jet, officials said.
The incident happened when passengers on the flight became ill with nausea and headaches.
The flight, which was not identified by RDU officials, landed at the airport around 4 p.m. when the incident was reported.
But IS this that unusual? According to Jacob Rosenberg, a clinical professor at the University of Copenhagen, increased farting is due to the cabin pressure dropping. An empty water bottle expands during flight, and crumples when it came back down to earth. The gas sitting inside the stomach then expands by 30 per cent and it needs to go somewhere. He told the BBC:
“The pressure drops and the air must expand into more space.”
But there are ways to NOT make fellow passengers sick. By eating more carbohydrates and less fibre at the airport and on the plane, you can limit your bloating.
And/or you could also invest in some fart filtering underwear. Made by Shreddies, the undies feature an activated carbon back panel that absorbs all flatulence odours.
Flight attendants also suffer from the problem and apparently cabin crew regularly perform aisle checks as an excuse to “crop-dust” the plane.