Air Canada Jazz CRJ-200ER (C-GKEU)

Air Canada Jazz CRJ-200ER (C-GKEU)

Stories of passengers getting kicked off a plane for unruly behavior is nothing new. But being kicked off for smelling so rancid is still a unique story.

On February 6th,  a smelly passenger flying on a Air Canada Jazz flight from Charlottetown to Montreal was asked to leave the flight.

The plane was waiting for take off when passengers started complaining about the smell. The stinky passenger was moved, but it didn’t help the problem. The airline asked the man to leave the plane and he did. It ended up only delaying the flight about 15 minutes, but worth it to the passengers left on board.

“Because of privacy reasons, I really can’t provide specific information on the passenger who was involved or the reason for the deplanement. But I can confirm that there was one passenger deplaned from our flight,” Manon Stuart, a spokesperson for Air Canada Jazz, told CBC News Wednesday. The airline continued, “the safety and comfort of our passengers are certainly our top priorities, so any situation that is perceived as a threat to either the safety or the comfort of our passengers is taken seriously.”

The smelly passenger was allowed to fly another flight the next morning.

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I think this is absurd-to kick off someone who smells bad? What about the heavily perfumed people?
Or the babies who have a package in their diapers?
North Americans are way too sensitive to the natural odors of the rest of the world.
Just spend some time on a bus or train in Europe and you will become immune to human body smells.

Is this for real? They seem to be looking for more and more reasons to remove passengers – a while ago someone was kicked off a flight for being too fat. At a time when the travel industrl couldn’t have been worst this is an insane move on the part of the airline – begs one to ask how bad did the guy smell? Not exactly a bio-hazard…

In other words, if passengers start compaining someone is too ugly to sit next to them then are we going to start dismissing those passengers too? It may sound silly to hear that but what are the limitations used to draw the line of how we handle passengers on flights.


Lets face it. You won’t smell if you wash and put on clean clothes. If you can afford to fly, you can afford to wash !

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