Via Secret Flying Spirit Airlines kicked a group of passengers off of a San Jose, Costa Rica to Fort Lauderdale flight last week because they smelled.
Airlines have to be careful of smells onboard. Over the summer there was fake news claiming passengers became ill after someone passed gas onboard an American Airlines flight. And British Airways once did have to turn around an aircraft after someone used the lavatory.
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In Costa Rica the Spirit Airlines passengers singled out for stench played the he who smelt it dealt it card,
“You’re saying that we stink. We do not stink. You can smell me. We do not stink,”
To which Spirit apparently took the position, he who denied it supplied it. And kept them off the aircraft.
Spirit promised they could fly the following day, but the passengers pointed out “We’re going to smell the same tomorrow.”
Air Canada once kicked an American passenger off a regional jet who smelled too badly. With just 50 seats there wasn’t far to move him away from other passengers.
Incidentally I’m surprised situations like this don’t occur more frequently at Washington National airport.