You Can Get Kicked Off A Flight For This Reason

Publish Date
Tuesday, 9 August 2016, 9:31AM
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Photo: iStock

The delicate issue of a person's body odour is a tricky one to manage in any number of social situations.

But when it comes to air travel, a person's off-putting stench could be enough to get them kicked off a flight.

Many airlines have a clause written into their conditions of carriage that malodorous passengers, quite simply, can be banned from boarding the aircraft.

American Airlines, one of the major carriers in the United States, is among them. The airline reserves the right to refuse to transport a passenger, or have them removed from their flight at any point, if they "have an offensive odour not caused by a disability or illness".

The rule is written into American Airlines' conditions of carriage, right next to other undesirable behaviours such as being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, being armed with a dangerous weapon, and being violent or abusive.

A number of other, mostly American airlines have the same rule, including Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Puerto Rico's Seaborne Airlines has a similar clause.

Some Asia-based airlines including Bangkok Airways and Air Asia stipulate that passengers carrying notoriously foul-smelling fruit, such as the infamous durian, on-board can be banned from doing so.

Spanish airline Vueling will refuse to carry your pet if it has an "unpleasant smell".

In Australia, Qantas and Jetstar don't specifically mention body odour in their conditions of carriage but Virgin Australia says it can refuse carriage of baggage "because of any odour it emits".

None of these conditions spell out exactly how much a person - or their fruit, pets or carry-on bags - has to stink to justify being rejected from the aircraft.

But if you think an airline has never enforced this little-known rule, think again.

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