Indonesian plane grounded after passengers complain about stinky durian

Durian known as the world's worst-smelling fruit

The BBC reports a Sriwijaya Air flight destined Monday for Bengkulu out of Jakarta was grounded for an extra hour after passengers nearly got physical with crew members after boarding the plane and wrinkling their noses at the stench of the durian in the cargo hold.

A representative for Sriwijaya Air has since claimed the smell of the durian was intensified because of the heat, despite wrapping the fruit and "putting in pandan leaves and coffee powder" to absorb the odor.

Passengers eventually left the plane and refused to board the aircraft until the fruit was removed. The problem is, videos circulating where a passenger taking the video accused carrying durian as a safety hazard. His Facebook post about the incident has been shard more than 20,000 times as of Wednesday afternoon. "I yelled at the other passengers 'Who on this plane wants to fly?'" he said. They all chanted back, "not us!'".

He said he had "a little bit of an argument with the officer" but that some friends even "clashed" with crew.

Sriwajiya Air later said the airline was well within its rights to carry the stinky fruit in cargo.

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Eventually, they all disembarked the plane while the durian was unloaded.

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". "Many airlines do this", Sriwijaya Air senior corporate communications manager Retri Maya said in a statement to the Post on Tuesday.

Durian is a large, spikey fruit enjoyed across Asia, but many despise the foul-smelling delicacy.

The head of Bengkulu airport, Anies Wardhana told local news outlet Detik the airport would "evaluate" future packing situations so that they would "not cause passenger discomfort". People either love it or hate it.

It's even banned from public transport in Singapore and Bangkok, where it's also not uncommon to see "No Durian Allowed" signs in hotels and hostels.

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