NASHVILLE, Tenn. Dec 6, 2006 (AP)â€” An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing Monday morning after a passenger lit a match to disguise the scent of flatulence, authorities said.
The Dallas-bound flight was diverted to Nashville after several passengers reported smelling burning sulfur from the matches, said Lynne Lowrance, spokeswoman for the Nashville International Airport Authority. All 99 passengers and five crew members were taken off and screened while the plane was searched and luggage was screened.
The FBI questioned a passenger who admitted she struck the matches in an attempt to conceal a “body odor,” Lowrance said. She had an unspecified medical condition, authorities said.
You know, I feel for this woman. As someone who has a dysfunctional digestive system I have shared my own thoughts with the world on more than one occasion. But that is the beauty of a plane, you share all sorts of interesting things with everyone around you.
And obviously I have been on the other side of the fence. It is just great being stuck in a tin can with someone whose intent on assaulting your entire olfactory system.
But in the end you have got to have enough common sense not to light a freaking match on a plane.