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This week’s best “News of the Weird” story takes us to Nashville, Tennessee, where a woman’s flatulence caused an American Airlines flight to make an emergency landing yesterday. No, this is not a story from The Onion. It actually came across the AP news wire and was run by most major news outlets.

When I first read the headline, this was my first thought:
flatulence on plane
(and my first go at photoshop as you can probably tell)

While the flatulence was technically the root cause, the pilot did not make the emergency landing due to a lack of breathable air. Instead, the woman had a medical condition that caused really bad gas. This would have been a great alibi had the odor alone caused the plane to land.

So what forced the plane to land? Her cover-up attempt. Once thoroughly embarrassed by her drifters, the gassy woman reached into her purse and started lighting matches to cover up the odor. Hint to those who haven’t been on a plane before … creating fires at 35,000 feet is an easy way to get in A LOT of trouble. After landing, the woman was detained by the FBI, and (surprisingly) was quickly let go without any fines, although she was banned from flying American “for a long time”.

You can read the whole story right here. An anonymous fan asked that we give credit to Okie for finding this little gem – Thanks!

5 Responses to “Flatulence, not turbulence, causes plane to land”

  1. on 07 Dec 2006 at 9:07 am Dan

    What a coincidence! My most recent pose talks a bit about flatulence too (especially in the title).

    We both need help.

  2. on 07 Dec 2006 at 12:39 pm Victor

    And they think women don’t fart…

    This video says otherwise.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30P6ZWcMI8k

  3. on 07 Dec 2006 at 4:03 pm Nessa

    First, your photoshop was very good.

    Second, i heard this on the morning news. And almost peed myself. This woman was so embarrassed by her farts but was ok with having the plane land because she was an idiot.

  4. on 07 Dec 2006 at 4:43 pm Luke

    LOL. That story gets funnier every time I read it.

    And, thanks for the visit.

  5. on 07 Dec 2006 at 5:17 pm Diesel

    This must be the first time a plane had to make an emergency landing because of TOO MUCH gas.

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