And a passenger’s gastrointestinal issues caused a British Airways flight to turn around and go back to London.
Usually things don’t reach the point where an aircraft has to declare an emergency, but passing gas on a plane is something that happens on most every flight, every day, because changes in air pressure cause the body to produce more gas.
- An average person does this 10 times a day anyway. Now multiply that out across a full Airbus A380 on a long haul flight and that’s without factoring in changes in altitude.
- The cause of the odor is sulfur
- The problem inflight is worse in cabins with leather seats (which traditionally meant first class). Most fabric seat covers are more absorbant.
Beans may be good for your heart, but you shouldn’t eat them before flying or on a plane. Avoid fried foods, cabbage, broccoli and brussel sprouts.
At Washington National airport, don’t do this:
Consider taking gas-x or beano if you’re especially prone to the issue. You can excuse yourself to the lavatory, but there’s often a wait especially in economy — this is to make your fellow passengers feel less awkward about the situation.
The flipside though is if your seat mate passes gas, try to ignore it, it’s too easy for tensions to escalate in a plane as it is and there’s really nowhere to go to extricate yourself from an uncomfortable situation.