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The Smelly Situation: How One Passengers' Flatulence Caused an Entire American Airlines Flight to Turn Around




A flight was reportedly delayed after the plane ran into some unexpected flatulence: an excessively gassy passenger who had to be removed.


The Jan. 14 incident was documented by Texas-based reddit user lamgalatx, who wrote about the smelly situation on an American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Austin. American Airlines did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.


“I was seated near the row where this situation occurred,” the passenger recalled in the r/Austin subreddit. While the airplane was still at the gate, the documentarian says they saw and heard an “audibly disgruntled” and “maybe hungover” man. He reportedly exclaimed, “You thought that was rude? Well how about this smell,“ and proceeded to loudly pass gas.


“The man who just purposefully farted moments ago decides to loudly and condescendingly say ‘Yeah, everybody, let’s just eat the smelliest food possible all at the same time,’” the poster wrote, seemingly referring to a scent unrelated to his own actions.

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The scuffle caused the plane, which had left the gate and been moving toward the runway for takeoff, to stop and return to the gate, according to the redditor’s post.


“We get back to the gate and a flight attendant comes back and informs fartman that he will not be staying on this flight. He simply replies, ‘I don’t understand,’ and she tells him they’ll talk about it off the plane,” the witness said, concluding the post by praising American Airline’s actions.


“He gets up, grabs his bag and quietly exits the plane. We all breathed a sigh of relief when he was removed, I think most people were on edge about what he may say or do next. The trip was only delayed by 15-30 minutes, so all in all I think American handled it swiftly."


A similar, more severe, incident occurred nearly two decades ago on another American flight, according to Wired. On that journey, a passenger reportedly lit matches mid-flight to mask a fart, causing the pilots to make an emergency landing and the airline to ban the passenger.


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