Passenger’s farts force plane to land
A PILOT made an emergency landing after a fight broke out over a passenger who allegedly refused to stop passing gas.
Two Dutch men sitting next to the flatulent passenger reportedly asked the man to stop, but he refused and continued to break wind aboard the Transavia Airlines flight from Dubai to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fox News reported.
The budget airline crew allegedly did not help the passengers after their complaints, Metro reported, leading to a fight between the men. Despite a warning from the pilot, the altercation continued and forced the aeroplane to be diverted to Vienna Airport, where it made an emergency landing.
Police boarded the plane once it landed and removed two women and two men that the pilot reported as "passengers on the rampage", Metro reports.
The women, who are sisters, are now taking the airline to court claiming they were not involved in the alternation. Nora Lachhab, a 25-year-old law student, called the removal "humiliating".
"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. All I will say is that the crew were really provocative and stirred things up," Ms Lachhab told De Telegraaf.
All four passengers were released from police custody without being charged. However, all have been banned from flying Transavia Airlines in the future.
"Our crew must ensure a safe flight. When passengers pose risks, they immediately intervene," the airline said in a statement.
"Our people are trained for that. They know very well where the boundaries are.
"Transavia is therefore square behind the cabin crew and the pilots."