A plane was forced to make an emergency landing after one of the passengers on board was suffering from body odour so bad that people were desperate to get off. The Transavia flight was travelling to the Spanish island of Gran Canaria from Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, and was forced to land in Faro in Portugal so the man could be forcibly removed from the flight after ruining the journey for the other passengers. Apparently, the unnamed man smelt so bad that people started to faint around him and several passengers are understood to have vomited soon after the flight took off.
Transavia staff had tried to quarantine the man inside a toilet on board the Boeing 737 but the pilots made the decision to divert the flight entirely and remove him from the aircraft. Belgian passenger Piet van Haut was one of the passengers on board the plane, and has spoken to the media to describe the experience and the... stench as 'unbearable': "It was like he hadn't washed himself for several weeks. Several passengers got sick and had to puke." The airline has confirmed the emergency landing for the scheduled flight, but have cited it as happening for 'medical reasons': "The aeroplane diverted because of medical reasons, but it is indeed right that he smelled quite a bit." Photos have surfaced of staff leading the offending passenger away from the plane and onto an airport bus.
The news comes as another Transavia flight was forced to make an emergency landing earlier this year when a fight broke out over a passenger who refused to stop farting. In February, a Dubai to Amsterdam flight was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Vienna because an elderly and overweight man was repeatedly and loudly farting in the packed cabin. Apparently, two Dutch men seated next to him asked him to try and contain himself but he refused, and then staff got involved to warn the man about his anti-social behaviour. Again, the old man wasn't letting anyone tell him whether he could fart or not and continued his campaign of gaseous assaults so a fight broke out amongst several people on board. Officers boarded the plane with police dogs and four suspects ended up being escorted off the plane.