What happens when you place one man who smells like he has not bathed for weeks in the middle of a full Boeing 737? Answer: an emergency landing.
A Transavia flight from Amsterdam (AMS) to Gran Canaria (LPA) diverted to Faro, Portugal (FAO) after passengers could no longer stand the horrific stench of a man who smelled like he had never encountered a shower or bar of soap. Some passengers fainted. Others vomited.
As the problem became progressively worse in the air, the crew attempted to “quarantine” the man in a lavatory until final approach into Gran Canaria. But it was too late: the pilots had decided to divert. On the ground in Faro, the man was removed by authorities.
Transavia, staying diplomatic, cited “medical reasons” for the diversion. Well, almost diplomatic…
The aeroplane diverted because of medical reasons, but it is indeed right that he smelled quite a bit.
I suppose the logical question is how did he get on the plane in the fist place? If he smelled so bad that he literally coaxed vomit out of disgusted passengers, what about check-in? Security? Boarding?
Then again, I can imagine that passengers may have thought, “Oh I can handle this,” only to find they could no longer hold their noses 90 minutes into the flight. Personally, I think back to my pot-smoking seatmate and cannot imagine sitting next to him on a longhaul flight.
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Odor problems on Transavia sound familiar? Remember, this is the same airline being sued by sisters who were thrown off a diverted flight because their seat mate was farting. He was of no relation with them, but was of the same skin color. FAs assumed the trio were together.
Seems like a gas mask may be helpful on your next Transavia flight.