Stinky Flyer Booted Off Plane

'Brutal' body odor overwhelms Air Canada passengers
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2010 3:57 AM CST
A malodorous passenger was asked to leave a Charlottetown-Montreal flight earlier this week.   (?abdallahh)

(Newser) – A too-smelly-to-fly controversy has followed hot on the heels of Kevin Smith's too-fat-to-fly kerfuffle. A passenger was escorted off an Air Canada regional flight this week after passengers complained about his overwhelming body odor. "People were just mumbling and staring at him,” one passenger told the Prince Edward Island Guardian. “The guy next to me said: ‘it’s brutal.'"

"The crew will act in the best interest of the majority of our passengers" in any situation where their safety or comfort is compromised, a spokeswoman said. The passenger, an American, was allowed to fly the next day. Such incidents are likely to rise as airlines try to squeeze in more passengers than ever before and make adequate personal space a thing of the past, industry expert Rick Seaney tells ABC News.

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