Passenger's 'unbearable' body odor causes vomiting and fainting, forcing plane to make emergency landing

Passenger's 'unbearable' body odor causes vomiting and fainting, forcing plane to make emergency landing
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A Transavia flight full of holidaymakers was forced to make an emergency landing after passengers began to vomit and faint because of the 'unbearable' stench of a fellow passenger's body odour.

The plane was originally headed to the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria when it had to take an unexpected detour.

Belgian broadcaster VRT reports that passengers started fainting and vomiting due to the stench right after the flight took off from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Before the pilot decided to divert the flight, the crew on board the Transavia jet reportedly tried to quarantine the man in question in a toilet.

In order to remove the foul-smelling man from the aircraft, the Boeing 737 is said to have landed in the city of Faro, in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. The stinking passenger was escorted off the plane and handed over to a waiting ambulance and medical team. One of the photographs captured by the passengers claims to show paramedics taking the man from the plane and into a bus.


Piet van Haut, a Belgian passenger, asserted that the stench of the man in question was "unbearable". He said: "It was like he hadn't washed himself for several weeks. Several passengers got sick and had to puke."

However, even after the said passenger exited the flight, the sickening smell lingered in the cabin, like the stench caused by a roadkill skunk. The staff decided against serving food or drinks due to the odor being so offensive. "Eventually we landed in Amsterdam with almost three hours delay," Van Haut said. "Nobody could stand the stench. Everyone tried to cover his nose."

A plane from Transavia Airlines departs from Aena operated Barcelona - El Prat International Airport on February 10, 2015, in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

In an official statement, Transavia airlines confirmed that the emergency landing taken by the flight was due to "medical reasons". Currently, the reason why the man was smelling so bad is unknown. For all we know, he could be suffering from one of several possible medical conditions.


A Transavia spokesman said: "The airplane diverted because of medical reasons, but it is indeed right that he smelled quite a bit." Having said that, this is not the first smelly incident for Transavia on their flights this year.

Back in February, a Transavia jet flying from Dubai to Amsterdam had a passenger who just could not stop farting, eventually causing a brawl between several passengers of the flight. Ultimately, the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in the Austrian capital of Vienna.


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