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Smelling a rat: Airline denies farting passenger sparked plane evacuation

Smelling a rat: Airline denies farting passenger sparked plane evacuation
American Airlines are denying media reports that passenger flatulence caused a plane to be evacuated at Raleigh Durham International Airport.

The bizarre and presumably strong-smelling incident was reported to have happened at the North Carolina airport on Sunday, with passengers complaining of nausea and headaches, according to WBTV.

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The American Airlines plane landed at 4pm local time, and a subsequent investigation by airport officials determined that a passenger had “passed gas,” reported the Charlotte Observer.

It’s not immediately clear from where the passenger jet had traveled.

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American Airlines has rejected the claims, however, telling WNCN that the plane is “out of service for an actual mechanical issue – and odor in the cabin.

“But it is not due to ‘passed gas’ as mentioned,” a spokesperson for the airline said.

In a separate statement to RT.com, an American Airlines representative simply stated: "The story is not true."