FAKE NEWS: Passengers Didn’t Really Become Ill Last Night After Someone Passed Gas Onboard

An American Airlines flight Sunday touched down in Raleigh at 2:19 p.m. and reportedly passengers were sick onboard. Apparently “passengers became ill with nausea and headaches.”

Raleigh airport officials issued a statement that the incident was investigated and it was “determined that a passenger ‘passed gas’.”

A passenger did do something in the lavatory of a British Airways flight to Dubai once that forced the aircraft to turn around. And flatulence — albeit goat flatulence — has forced an emergency landing of a Singapore Airlines aircraft.

Passengers do pass gas more on planes because changes in air pressure cause the body to produce more gas. And airports sometimes offer food choices that are ill-advised for flying.

However according to American Airlines the story that a passenger passing gas caused the odor which got others on the plane sick, it turns out that the aircraft “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.” (Emphasis mine.)

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  1. Another incredibly informative article from a “thought leader in travel”! Must be a slow day for “real news”.

  2. @James: “US airlines telling lies. What else is new?”

    Know how I know you didn’t read the article very carefully?

  3. This is probably not funny at all. Google “Aerotoxic Syndrome”. Probably caused by poor seals in the turbines allowing burnt lubricants and fluids into the cabin bleed air. The only aircraft that does not use bleed air is the 787.

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