A politician has called on airlines to combat the scourge of flatulence on planes after too many particularly distressing encounters with mid-flight farts.
Addressing a Kenyan parliamentary debate on transport last Wednesday, Nairobi MP Lilian Gogo called for new protocols to address what she believed to be a major irritant to passengers on long-haul flights.
Dr Gogo said she had too often fallen victim to someone’s passed wind in plane cabins.
“There is one irritant that is often ignored and this is the level of farting within the aircraft,” Dr Gogo said, according to Nairobi News.
“There are passengers who literally irritate fellow passengers by passing bad smell and uncomfortable fart (sic).
“If there is any one given irritant that makes people fight on board, it is the fart. It is terrible within the plane.”
Dr Gogo raised her complaint during a parliamentary debate on a report by the Kenyan National Assembly Committee on Transport, Public Works and Housing.
The report discussed amendments to the Montreal Protocol of 2014, which governs how airlines deal with unruly passengers.
When asked what measures could control mile-high flatulence, Dr Gogo suggested special training for crew and a review of meals served on-board.
“We need special training on aircraft crew so that they provide medicines like bicarbonate of soda to passengers after meals and drinks have been served,” she said.
“We should also have paramedics, who are trained in basic first aid included in the international and local flights.”
Dr Gogo said airlines should also serve food that reduced gas in passengers and limit alcohol served on flights.
“We should have basic provisions of medicines such as Eno (an antacid) other than paracetamol on the flight,” she added.
“If I am the only one who has experienced this, then I think the rest of us are very lucky.
“I have experienced passengers go through the agony of long flights. We cannot be secure on board when the other passengers are experiencing discomfort. Farting and flatulence is done progressively and can be contained.”
She said farting was also a threat to security on planes as fights by be caused by passengers enraged by an offensive smell.
The transport committee chairman pointed out Dr Gogo’s comments could have been of more use to the committee if she had presented them before it handed down its report, the Nairobi News reported.