Did 'passing gas' cause illness on American Airlines flight? Airline says no video

A story reported around the world of a man's powerful flatulence prompting the evacuation of an American Airlines flight is apparently full of hot air.

Media outlets from the United Kingdom to India were reporting that the flight had to be evacuated in North Carolina after other passengers became sick from smelling an ailing man's gas.

However, the airline is insisting the story is not true.

The story about a a man's powerful flatulence prompting an evacuation is not what it seems, says American Airlines.
Joshua Roberts

The story about a a man's powerful flatulence prompting an evacuation is not what it seems, says American Airlines.

"The plane was not evacuated. [A] medical call came in for someone affected by an odour after the plane deplaned normally," a Raleigh airport official said.

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An American Airlines official added: "We did take an aircraft out of service for a mechanical issue, an odour in the cabin...No 'passed gas' issue."

The (Raleigh) News & Observer said the flight involved in the story was American flight 1927 from Charlotte to RDU.

It arrived at the gate 2:21pm Sunday, and there was an odour in the cabin that bothered some on board.


WNCN-TV reported Sunday that passengers had to be evacuated from a flight at Raleigh-Durham International Airport after experiencing headaches and nausea spurred by a foul-smelling odour in the cabin.

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According to the station, a Raleigh-Durham spokesperson said the odour was from a passenger who "passed gas."

The International Business Times was even more descriptive, writing the sick man "broke wind so violently it caused nausea and headaches among his fellow passengers."

It reported the plane had landed at Raleigh-Durham on July 16 at around 4pm, and cited a US airport official as its source.

Charlotte Observer 

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