Saturday, February 24, 2018

A Cannonade of Farts

Picture: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images 

Whether you find farting disgusting or not – it’s a bodily function we all perform. 

Also referred to as passing wind or passing gas among other, less polite names – you should know that, on average we produce half a liter of fart gas a day. That translates to fourteen farts, assuming of course, everything is ticking along nicely. 

Farting in a closed space can be really stinking and sickening. 

But let’s face it – if you are a normal human being, there will be moments in your life where you may have needed to fart in a public place.

It may not be particularly dignified but you gotta do what you gotta do. 

Of course, manners dictate that you make the necessary excuse and then quickly find your way to the nearest restroom to release your discomfort. 

That wasn't the case for one person on a Transavia Airlines Flight HV6902 from Dubai, UAE to Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

The fart-induced drama happened on February 11, 2018 when two men sitting next to an apparently very flatulent man raised a stink about his repeated gas attacks, according to Fox News. I would describe it as a cannonade of farts.

The farts were supposedly fetid and foul-smelling. But of course. 

When the alleged perpetrator didn’t stop or couldn’t stop – his unhappy seatmates reportedly complained to the cabin crew, who apparently did nothing. Or maybe, they couldn’t do anything. 

Then, it seems that the captain issued a warning to the two complainants, accusing them of boisterous and aggressive behavior as well as making threats, according to the NL Times.

When the freedom-from-flatulence fighters went on and on with their noisy griping about their fellow passenger – a fracas broke out on the plane, according to the Dutch language newspaper De Telegraaf

The plane was diverted to Vienna, Austria where the complainants were evicted. But the farting man was spared. 

Two women sitting in the same row as the angry men were also forced off the plane. One news report said they too had misbehaved and used abusive language. 

I am not sure of its relevance but every news report I read highlighted the fact that all four shared Dutch and Moroccan ancestry. 

Anyway, the women had claimed they had nothing to do with the commotion – and so, they are now taking the Dutch budget airline to court, according to the Metro. 

The four passengers expelled from the plane were not arrested – they had not broken any Austrian laws – but they had been issued with travel bans.

Malaysian squash queen Nicol David (right) suffered the biggest defeat in her career since the 2002 Seattle Open – when she was knocked out by Egyptian teenager, Hania El Hammamy, in the opening round in the Windy City Open in Chicago, USA on Friday (Saturday, Malaysian Time). 

David had taken a commanding lead in the match by taking the first two sets, but the 17-year-old Cairo native produced a remarkable fightback to score a 8-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-9 win. 

The going can only get tougher for her. But she has got to keep believing in herself. Just keep going. 

And victory will come. Believe it.

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