Smelling a rat: Airline denies farting passenger sparked plane evacuation

Smelling a rat: Airline denies farting passenger sparked plane evacuation

American Airlines faced a big stink aboard one of its flights - but the airline insisted Monday that claims of a gassy passenger are a bunch of hot air.

WNCN reported Sunday evening, "A person who "passed gas" on an American Airlines plane on Sunday afternoon forced all passengers off the jet, officials said".

That's what reportedly happened at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Sunday, though, with a plane being landed and evacuated after passengers became ill, and the reason later being attributed to "passed gas".

American Airlines, however, said the smell was due to a mechanical issue.

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"The medical call came in for someone affected by an odor after the plane deplaned normally", the airport official said in the statement. "But it is not due to "passed gas" as mentioned," Feinstein said.

Officials with RDU did not identify where the plane was flying in from, its destination or what type of plane was involved in the incident.

But had the incident been prompted by wind breakage, it would not have been the first. The incident reportedly made several other passengers sick.

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