American Airlines is vigorously denying that the latest airplane horror story, this time about a passenger whose gaseous emissions were so disgusting that passengers became sick and the plane had to be evacuated. Let’s hope it’s not true, if only for the passengers’ sake.
Reports surfaced over the weekend that three American Airlines crew members from a flight to Raleigh, North Carolina, filed a complaint blaming a sudden onset of headaches and eye irritation on a passenger’s grotesque farts, WNCN reported.
An operations log revealed that crew members “gave various descriptions of the smell (all indicating an individual had passed gas),” with a spokesperson later clarifying that the “odor was described as flatulence.”
“We did have an aircraft from Charlotte to RDU this afternoon, that landed at 2:19 p.m. ET, and arrived at the gate at 2:21 p.m. ET, that is currently out of service for an actual mechanical issue – and odor in the cabin. But it is not due to ‘passed gas’ as mentioned,” airline spokesman Ross Feinstein said.
Initial reports indicated that passengers suffered headaches and nausea because of a foul-smelling odor that filled the cabin, but American Airlines officials maintained that no such incident took place and that the only complaints they received were by crew members.
Furthermore, the airline disputed that passengers were evacuated, claiming that they were instead deplaned in a routine fashion. A medical call that was placed for the crew members affected by the raunchy odor occurred after everyone had already gotten off the plane.
The flight has since resumed service.