A man being escorted off of a plane

American Airlines has a limit on the number of farts…

In an unexpected turn of events, an American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Austin faced an unusual delay on January 14, all thanks to an excessively gassy passenger whose behavior left the entire cabin astounded.

This is quite the tale that underscores the peculiar yet shared experiences that make air travel a unique blend of the mundane and the extraordinary. The smelly incident was meticulously documented by a fellow flyer, known as lamgalatx, who shared the tale on the r/Austin subreddit.

Seated near the epicenter of this olfactory calamity, the eyewitness provided a vivid account of an “audibly disgruntled” and “maybe hungover” man who, while the plane was still at the gate, proudly declared, “You thought that was rude? Well, how about this smell,” accompanying his words with an unmistakable auditory proclamation of flatulence.

The weaponization of mid-flight farts…

While the initial comment may have induced a chuckle, the situation took an unexpected turn. The flatulent protagonist, having achieved his sonic feat, further provoked the sensibilities of his fellow travelers by suggesting, “Yeah, everybody, let’s just eat the smelliest food possible all at the same time.”

The ensuing “verbal” exchange between passengers escalated into a verbal sparring match, bringing a new meaning to in-flight entertainment.

Tempers were starting to flare as the plane began taxiing towards the runway for takeoff. However, the pilots made an abrupt U-turn back to the gate.

No reports on total number of farts

The flight crew intervened via a flight attendant informing the now-infamous “fartman” that he would not be continuing the journey. Perplexed, he responded with a nonchalant “I don’t understand.”

With a mix of relief and amusement, lamgalatx reported, “He [fartman] gets up, grabs his bag and quietly exits the plane. We all breathed a sigh of relief when he was removed, I think most people were on edge about what he may say or do next.”

Despite the unexpected detour, American Airlines managed the situation swiftly and the flight was only delayed by a mere 15-30 minutes.

This incident, while peculiar, is not the first time flatulence has disrupted air travel. Wired recounts a more extreme case nearly two decades ago, where a passenger resorted to lighting matches mid-flight to mask a fart. The repercussions were severe, leading to an emergency landing and a subsequent ban from the airline. We’re all wondering how smelly could this fart have been!

Needless to say, in the annals of airline history this will undoubtedly be remembered as the day when an overzealous passenger turned an ordinary journey into an unforgettable odyssey of flatulent proportions.

The unexpected detour serves as a reminder that even in the most routine situations, human unpredictability and farts can take center stage! It likely the passengers of the flight will be retelling this tale for years to come.

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By Neil

Neil launched Poopable in 2023, making him the Poo Poo Presidente. After overcoming childhood public restroom anxiety, one of his proudest accomplishments is relieving himself on six continents and over two-dozen countries. His preferred bathroom includes a neutral scent, double ply toilet paper and a strong industrial flush. His trade secret to making any restroom poopable – baby wipes.

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