Two sisters are suing a Dutch budget airline after their removal from a recent flight. That flight diverted after a passenger proved unable or unwilling to control his flatulence. The sisters claim they never farted and did not know the men who did, but were lumped together. I’m not making this up.
Two male passengers began fighting on a recent Transavia Airlines flight from Dubai to Amsterdam. Why? Because one of the men refused to stop farting and the other man got agitated.
The captain tried to calm the situation, but ended up declaring an emergency, reporting “passengers on the rampage” and making an emergency landing in Vienna.
On the ground in Vienna, police removed both men…but also two sisters who were siting nearby.
The sisters claim this was due to racial profiling and are now suing Transavia. The sisters of Moroccan descent, as were the two male passengers who fought over breaking wind.
25-year-old Nora Lachhab, one of the sisters, told De Telegraaf:
We had nothing to do with the whole disturbance. We distance ourselves from that. The blunt attitude of the Transavia flight attendants was wrong from the start of the flight. Do they sometimes think that all Moroccans cause problems?
That’s a fair question. But were these ladies related in any way?
We had no idea who these boys were, we just had the bad luck to be in the same row and we didn’t do anything. All I will say is that the crew were really provocative and stirred things up.
Transavia takes a different position. It claims the women were involved in the brawl and at least now, fully back their FAs.
Our crew must ensure a safe flight. When passengers pose risks, they immediately intervene. Our people are trained for that. ‘They know very well where the boundaries are. Transavia is therefore squarely behind the cabin crew and the pilots.
For whatever reason, I’m thinking of William Shakespeare. His plays are full of “bawdy” fart references. Take this exchange from Othello, for example:
CLOWN: Are these, I pray you, wind instruments?
FIRST MUSICIAN: Ay marry are they, sir.
CLOWN: O, thereby hangs a tail.
FIRST MUSICIAN: Whereby hangs a tail, sir?
CLOWN: Marry, sir, by many a wind instrument that I know.
There’s still something about this story that seems so comical. A plane actually diverted because a passenger would not stop farting and a fight broke out.
But if the women’s account of “guilt by association” is true, that is no laughing matter.