Passengers Couldn't Tahan 'Stinky' Smell of Durian, Causes 1 Hour Flight Delay

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Realising he wasn't the only one unhappy, Amir Zidane rallied support, writing in his post: "I yelled at the other passengers 'Who on this plane wants to fly?'".

Passengers on an Indonesian airplane almost came to fisticuffs with the flight crew on Monday because they could smell the stench of two tons durian in the cargo area.

He said he talked to an "officer" on the flight who told him that the plane was going to take off anyway.

Passengers refused to fly with the shipment of fruit, leading the airline to delay the flight for an hour so the durian could be unloaded.

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

Despite the fact the passengers were victorious, the airline's management later defended their decision to carry the controversial cargo.

The late Anthony Bourdain reportedly described durian as "something you will either love or despise ..."

The company then went on to say that it was normal practice for Indonesian airlines to carry durian in the hold, "as long as [the durian] is packed well and enclosed in the cargo according to standard operating procedure".

Claims made in the videos that the plane was carrying three tonnes of durian were dismissed on Tuesday by Retri Maya, senior corporate communications manager at Sriwijaya Air.

A passenger onboard the plane detailed the incident, which took place on Monday, in a Facebook post.

"When I entered the plane, I could already smell the scent of durian", he said.

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

"I complained to the stewardess but they told me to just fill in a complaint form". "They all chanted back 'not us!'".

He added that other passengers started complaining and some even nearly "physically clashed with crew members".

Footage uploaded to Facebook by a passenger showed that the airport crew eventually removed two tonnes of durian in the cargo hold.

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