OMG: Passenger “Passing Gas” Forces People Off American Airlines Flight

While this story is lacking details, it has been confirmed by an airport spokesperson, so it’s too good not to share. Here’s what apparently happened at around 4PM today, on an unidentified American Airlines flight arriving at RDU Airport, per WNCN:

The incident happened when passengers on the flight became ill with nausea and headaches, according to a spokesperson with Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

All the passengers were taken off the plane and after the incident was investigated it was determined that a passenger “passed gas,” the official said.

Authorities later said that the incident was a “medical call” and directed all questions to Wake County EMS.

I’m not exactly sure what they mean by “all the passengers were taken off the plane.” It sounds like the plane had landed in Raleigh as scheduled, so I’m not sure if there was anything unusual about that.

However, the fact that multiple passengers became ill, and that this incident is being handled as a “medical call,” is just amazing.

We don’t know if this was a first class passenger or not, though I’ve often questioned American’s practice of serving food that’s, ahem, flatulence-inducing.


So, was anyone on this flight?!? We NEED to know the details!


  1. I want to give my sincerity apologies. All the beet-borsch Putin has been giving me these last few months have really started taking a toll on me.

    I usually pass gas quiet often, but no one (even Melina) says anything and outs up with it. Once I get the feeling I just gota go all in for it and do it bigly in the sky.

  2. I was not on that specific flight but my AA flight today was delayed from RDU to DFW due to “mechanical reasons” (was a 4:01PM sched departure) to 7PM as they were looking for an aircraft replacement, then to 8AM the following day.

  3. Your linked story doesn’t say anything about flatulence-inducing catering. But your point is right. American especially seems to go all in on ingredients that simply shouldn’t be consumed in a flying metal tube. My last upgrade I skipped the main course because it would have been so problematic.

  4. The paaaenger has been identified as Gary Leff, who was spotted eating eating a chili bowl before boarding. JK. 🙂

  5. Just for curiosity what in particular about AA are the meals flatulence-inducing? Aren’t most airline meals pretty much the same…?

  6. Sorry, don’t know any details of this particular “gas attack” but I was on America West years ago when I detected an offensive odor wafting through the cabin. One fart isn’t out of the ordinary, but then came another then another and another. The anonymous farter continued his assault for about 15-20 minutes though no one was sickened probably because it was a redeye and most were asleep. It wasn’t so awful that the aircraft needed to be emptied but it sure was gross and totally crass behavior.

  7. I don’t know about you, but I would rather whatever “it” is in that picture never be put in front of me, never mind eating it.

  8. I was recently on a TXL-HEL flight and was seated inbetween a Finnish school class. The teenage boys had a lot of fun farting the whole flight and laughing about that like little girls before slapping the one who farted a few times. The behaviour was okay, kids, innit? But the smell, ugh!

  9. Let’s hear what Akbar Al Baker has to say about the flatulence-inducing food served by grand mothers on crappy carriers

  10. One time I was on an Emirates flight from JFK to Dubai (EK202) In economy when the man in front of me kept farting in his sleep and it was going back to me. I Wish he would stop. Thankfully it only lasted 10 minutes then he woke up for dinner.

  11. Passing gas on airplanes is an issue with changing pressure, not just the food being served. Flight attendants on an unnamed airline used to walk up and down the aisles to let it pass, a little less noticed than if it were all passed in one place. They referred to it as “cropdusting.”

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