A bizarre new story that originated on the social media site “Reddit” has blown up.
The post made by Glamgalatx on Reddit retold the hilarious story of an American Airlines plane that was forced to return to their gate so that a disruptively gassy passenger could be escorted off.
This past Sunday I was on a direct American flight from Phoenix to Austin and I was seated near the row where this situation occurred. I’m simply sharing this because it’s somewhat entertaining, and no I did not film anything.
Before most people had boarded, I observed that this man was audibly disgruntled about something, maybe hungover, rough day idk, but as soon as he sat down he was grumbling about something under his breath, like “fucking hell” or something.
Several minutes pass and majority of people are seated but we still hadn’t left the gate. I overhear him loudly say “You thought that was rude? Well how about this smell” and farted. Idk what provoked that comment, and while kinda funny to overhear, it was uncalled for especially coming from a grown man on an airplane nonetheless. The ppl seated immediately near him were ladies seemingly minding their own business. I didn’t catch anyone’s response to that but the guy seated next to me and I exchanged smiles and shook our heads.
It’s early evening and several people are having snacks or eating food (I don’t enjoy the smell of food on a plane, but it’s none of my business if people want to eat). The man who just purposefully farted moments ago decides to loudly and condescendingly say “yeah, everybody let’s just eat the smelliest food possible all at the same time”. A guy in the row over replied, “if you don’t like it you can fly private” to which fartman says “that’s so fucking rude”, and another person nearby chimes in “I think we’d all agree you’re the rude one here.” Fartman replies something like “that’s just so low class” and the other guy rebuttals with “well you’re back here in economy with the rest of us” lol. There were flight attendants nearby who stepped in and said “that’s enough” to fartman and moved on.
The plane is finally taxiing towards the runway but comes to a stop. An announcement comes over saying “apologies for the interruption but we are returning to the gate, we will give you more info when we have it.” We get back to the gate and a flight attendant comes back and informs fartman that he will not be staying on this flight. He simply replies, “I don’t understand” and she tells him they’ll talk about it off the plane. He gets up, grabs his bag and quietly exits the plane. We all breathed a sigh of relief when he was removed, I think most ppl were on edge about what he may say or do next. The trip was only delayed by 15-30 minutes, so all in all I think American handled it swiftly.
The story has blown up so much that local news outlets picked it up.
See what Fox 7 Austin said about the story:
A farting passenger is being blamed for an American Airlines flight being delayed from Phoenix to Austin. That’s according to a person who posted the story on the Austin subReddit on January 16.
The redditor says they were on the flight and seated near the row where the incident happened. They say that they witnessed a man “audibly disgruntled” about something and that the man was grumbling about something under his breath.
After most passengers were seated, the redditor says they overheard the disgruntled man say, “You thought that was rude? Well how about this smell?” before passing gas.
Even CBS Austin hosted a story on the whole ordeal:
A gassy man apparently caused a big stink aboard an American Airlines fight, according to a viral social media post.
The plane eventually turned around and the passenger was asked to get off the plane, Reddit user lamgalatx wrote.
Thankfully for Glamgalatx, the story had a happy ending.
Only a 15-30-minute delay isn’t too bad, and thankfully, they didn’t have to deal with that the entire flight!