Passenger plane grounded over stinky durian fruit

Passengers on a Sriwijaya Air flight headed to Jakarta staged a protest, insisting that the two-tonne shipment of the foul-smelling fruit durian be removed from the plane.

Passengers refused to board the plane and complained to crew about the overpowering smell. They also expressed concern over its extra weight on the plane, AFP reported

The spiky fruit's distinct flavour and creamy texture has made it popular throughout Southeast Asia and parts of China, but its strong odour has gained notoriety.

The Marmite-like (you either love it, or hate it) fruit is known as the King of Fruits and can fetch huge sums during in season.

However, the pungent smell has led Singapore to ban the fruit on its subway system - which some critics have likened to rotten food or dirty socks.

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