Airplane Forced to Make Emergency Landing Because of Woman’s Smelly Privates
If you think about it, passenger flights have only been around for 100 years or so. Which isn’t that much time to iron out all the kinks, so it’s no surprise that things still occasionally go wrong. When it comes to air disasters, though, this one’s just about the strangest of them all. We’ve seen drunken pilots, Trump rants, and all-in brawls, but we’ve never seen, or smelt, anything quite like this…
Monday morning flights from Miami to Washington DC are chaotic at the best of times. But United Airlines flight 193 was even busier than usual. Added to the usual business and political traffic were the stream of evacuees, fleeing the sunshine state after an early warning for Hurricane Irma. Queues stretched across the terminal, but everyone finally got on board.
That’s when things really started to go wrong. After half an hour in the air, people started to notice a really awful smell. At first, the passengers just thought it might be some kind of toilet malfunction. But when it still hadn’t gone fifteen minutes later – and in fact, had gotten far, far worse – they pinpointed the source.
At this point, the passengers in rows 25 and upwards could no longer handle the stench. In later interviews, they would describe as “something like a rotting corpse”, and “like having an entire rubbish dump in your lap”. Agitated, they searched around for the cause. It turned up in the most unlikely place: a woman sitting in 29E..
In the end, though, she wasn’t dead. She woke up and with dozens of fellow passengers demanding to know what the hell was going on, she simply told them that she had a “medical condition”. She refused to discuss it further, but we can guess that it was likely an apocrine gland disorder – the reason for most body odor problems. But it usually isn’t this bad…
How could an airline even let a person like that on board? That’s the question many of the passengers were asking, too. It seems that in the rush to have an on-time departure, neither the check-in staff or the boarding staff even noticed what was going on. Not only that, but the woman later said that she usually wore powerful deodorant to mask the smell – but it only lasted so long.