A Dutch low-cost flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Vienna after a fight broke out between passengers because one of them refused to stop farting, turning the cabin into a Dutch oven.
“There was an old, fat guy and he was letting rip with really loud, smelly farts. I don’t know what what wrong with him, but he wouldn’t stop. People begged him to stop. The whole cabin was starting to stink like you wouldn’t believe,” a passenger told De Telegraaf.
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The problem became so severe the Dubai to Amsterdam flight was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Vienna as the elderly overweight man reportedly refused to contain himself in the packed out cabin.
Chaos erupted on the flight when two Dutchman who were sitting next to the flatulent man demanded that he stop and complained to Transavia Airlines crew.
Yet despite repeated requests and even a direct order from the pilot over the intercom, the man continued farting and a fight broke out.
The pilot of the Dutch low-cost airline then decided to make an emergency landing at Vienna International Airport in Austria. Police officers boarded the plane with police dogs and four passengers were escorted off the plane.
The Mirror reports: The pilot had reported “passengers on the rampage” before footage emerged of passengers being removed in a post on social media by Alfred Dekker.
A police spokesman confirmed that the incident centred around a passenger suffering from wind who was not attempting to restrain himself and that this offended two young Dutchmen -who started a fight with the man.
Two sisters sitting in the same row as the men were also escorted off the plane – but they told local media they hadn’t done anything wrong.
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.”
A spokesman for the airline told local media that the four people have now received a ban from any further travels.
They were not arrested because they had not broken any Austrian laws.
The spokesman insisted that the ladies were also guilty of misbehaviour and verbal abuse.
“Transavia is therefore square behind the cabin crew and the pilots.”