Flight Diverts Because Flatulent Passenger Wouldn’t Stop Letting Loose

Pilots of a Transavia flight made an emergency landing in Vienna when a fight broke out over a passenger who wouldn’t stop passing gas. The pilots reported “passengers on a rampage.”

Transavia flight HV6902 runs from Dubai to Burgas, Bulgaria to Amsterdam.

  • Two passengers sitting beside the man with gas “told him to stop and complained to Transavia Airlines crew.”

  • The man was directly ordered by the pilot to stop farting. He didn’t, perhaps he couldn’t, and a fight ensued.

  • On arrival in Vienna officers boarded the aircraft with dogs. Four passengers were moved from the aircraft.

  • This included two sisters “sitting in the same row as the men” who complained about the flatulence. They say they did nothing wrong and just happened to be sitting beside the action.

    Nora Lachhab, 25, told De Telegraaf: “It was crazy that we were included, we had no idea who these boys were, we just had the bad luck to be in the same row and we didn’t do anything.

    “They did not do anything to justify the bizarre behaviour of the Transavia crew.

    “Do they sometimes think that all Moroccans cause problems? That’s why we do not let it sit.

    “We had to find our own flights home with another airline.

    “All I will say is that the crew were really provocative and stirred things up.”

  • The four passengers have been banned from flying Transavia but have not been charged with any crime.

Here’s police boarding the aircraft:

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.

Not always pleasant for passengers but also not clear what you do about it.

(HT: Jim H. and Hans Mast)

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  1. “On arrival in Vienna officers boarded the aircraft with dogs”.

    Ahh yes, those RVFDs (Royal Vienna Flatulent Dogs) are most effective in getting to the “bottom” of these type incidents.

  2. Changes in alt do cause intestinal problems and it makes sense, because the air inside the cabin is usually at 8,000′ when at cruising altitude. The intestinal air is usually at a lower altitude when the trip begins, expands as the aircraft climbs and there’s the problem. The public takes the physical stress of high altitude flying for granted.

  3. I think SWA changes out seat bottom cushions when FPC’s (Farts Per Cushion) reach designed service life and saturation point on the Classic fleet. The 737 Max is capable of extended range with new FPC materials.

  4. I had a young Asian man farting the whole way from SEA to PVG. At least we were in business class but still even with being in the center section 1 2 1 config it was horrible.

  5. This happened to me in first class Swiss International. A young couple boarded at the last minute(relatives) they constantly photographed and about halfway to LAX the smell started. I woke up to a tatooed Swiss man crouching next to my bed chatting with the two. They were also led Into the flight deck. At breakfast the man started picking his nose as well and flinging the results on the cabin floor. It was beyond disgusting, especially considering what I had paid for my ticket, full fare! When I was home I called Swiss to complain and I could tell the agent was trying not to laugh. A really terrible experience

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