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December 06, 2006

Flatulence Forces Plane to Land

You've got to be kidding me...

From Yahoo News:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It is considered polite to light a match after passing gas. Not while on a plane.

An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing Monday morning after a passenger lit a match to disguise the scent of flatulence, authorities said.

The Dallas-bound flight was diverted to Nashville after several passengers reported smelling burning sulfur from the matches, said Lynne Lowrance, spokeswoman for the Nashville International Airport Authority. All 99 passengers and five crew members were taken off and screened while the plane was searched and luggage was screened.

The FBI questioned a passenger who admitted she struck the matches in an attempt to conceal a "body odor," Lowrance said. She had an unspecified medical condition, authorities said.

"It's humorous in a way but you feel sorry for the individual, as well," she said. "It's unusual that someone would go to those measures to cover it up."

The flight took off again, but the woman was not allowed back on the plane. The woman, who was not identified, was not charged in the incident.

Posted by Sissy at December 6, 2006 07:45 AM | TrackBack

Okay, first of all, it pisses me off that they allow you to take matches on a plane but you can't bring lighters, lip gloss, hair gel, etc. Second of all, how stupid do you have to be to actually light a match to cover up your gas. Everyone on airplanes farts, it's a given fact, when you are up there your ears are stuffed up, you have the noise of the aircraft itself along with everyone talking at the same time so I know there are people passing gas left and right up there.

Posted by: Napster at December 6, 2006 09:05 AM

If you fart on a plane and nobody smells it, does it make a sound?

Posted by: spurs at December 6, 2006 03:21 PM

I heard about this... at work! That was the great topic of conversation today.

Posted by: Bou at December 6, 2006 05:10 PM