Passengers create stink over pungent planeload of durian

Stinky fruit causes plane protest

Sumatra plane passengers refuse to fly with stinking durian cargo

If it stinks this bad, you gotta admit, you kind of wonder why anyone would ever want to taste it.

The durian fruit was then unloaded off the aircraft.

The durian is known for being one of the grossest-smelling fruits in the world-think "turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock", as one food writer has described it, per Smithsonian.

In April, the stench of rotting durian in a library at Melbourne's RMIT University led to a mass evacuation.

According to the BBC, about two tons of the fruit was in the plane's cargo hold.

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The thorny durian is a delicacy in much of Asia but also controversial - you either love it or hate it.

Durian's stench is so pungent it's banned from public transportation, hotels and even planes in certain countries. The problem was that the smell was so strong it had spread into the cabin, and it nearly led to physical fights between passengers and the flight attendants.

The airline eventually relented and unloaded sacks of the durian fruit.

An Indonesian flight, Sriwijaya Air bound for Jakarta was reportedly delayed for about an hour yesterday (6 November), but it wasn't a technical error that caused it.

"Even the old ladies" were tormented by the smell, he wrote.

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Boyke Ledy Watra, a journalist from Indonesia's news agency Antara, happened to be on the flight and reported that several passengers were arguing with the flight attendants that nearly led to a fight.

Amir Zidane uploaded the clip to Facebook after the incident which took place on Monday.

The flight eventually took off around 11:40am local time (04:40 GMT), an hour later than scheduled.

"It's normal for every airline to carry durian during a flight as long as it is packaged properly and put inside the cargo hold in accordance with the standards and procedures", Kyodo News quoted Maya as saying in a statement.

Claims made in the videos that the plane was carrying three tonnes of durian were dismissed on Tuesday by Retri Maya, senior corporate communications manager at Sriwijaya Air.

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