A flight was delayed for an hour after irate passengers complained about a horrible smell filling the plane cabin.

The cause of the awful stench was a huge supply of durian fruit which was travelling in the cargo hold on the Indonesian flight.

Durian is the stinkiest fruit in the world  – and three tonnes of it were due to be transported on Sriwijaya Air aircraft.

Passengers on the flight demanded the fruit be unloaded before the plane took off due to the awful stench.

The flight – which was bound for Jakarta, Java from Bengkulu, Sumatra – was eventually grounded after crew gave in to passengers’ complaints.

The durian fruit was then unloaded off the aircraft. Video footage filmed by a passenger shows the sacks being taken off the plane as travellers wait on the tarmac.

Amir Zidane uploaded the clip to Facebook after the incident which took place on Monday.

“When I entered the plane, I could already smell the scent of durian,” he said.

“I complained to the stewardess but they told me to just fill in a complaint form.”

Crew allegedly told him that the smell would go away once the flight was in the air.

Zidane refused to be placated, however. “I yelled at the other passengers ‘Who on this plane wants to fly?’” he said. “They all chanted back ‘not us!!'”

He said he had “a little bit of an argument with the officer” but that some friends even “clashed” with crew.

Eventually, they all disembarked the plane while the durian was unloaded.

The flight took off an hour later than scheduled to Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

Following the incident, Sriwajiya Air said the airline was within its rights to carry the fruit in cargo.

“It’s not illegal to carry durian in a flight as long as it is wrapped properly in accordance with flight regulations – carried inside the hold. Many airlines do this,” senior corporate communications manager Retri Maya said in a statement to the Jakarta Post.

A Sriwijaya Air spokesperson confirmed the incident to the Express.co.uk and said there were three tonnes of the fruit on board the plane.

They promised the airline would pay more attention in the future so the incident did not happen again

The head of Bengkulu airport, Anies Wardhana told  local news outlet Detik the airport would “evaluate” future packing situations so that they would “not cause passenger discomfort.”

Durian fruit is considered a delicacy in many Asian countries but is famous for its strong smell. People either love it or hate it.

Durian’s stench is so pungent it’s banned from public transportation, hotels and even planes in certain countries.

A recent video has gone viral after passengers spotted a woman doing a grim activity in her plane seat. 

Sitting in the window seat of the plane cabin, the woman was captured picking dead skin off the bottom of her feet and dropping the flakes on the floor.

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