Can you smell that? Yep, it’s the smell of a politician working for the people and trying to find solutions to real problems. That brings us to Kenyan MP Lilian Gogo, who brought up a very important point in a discussion about possible amendments to laws impacting aviation.
One of the biggest issues impacting airplanes? Farting, natch! Nairobi News quotes her as saying the following:
“There is one irritant that is often ignored and this is the level of farting within the aircraft. There are passengers, who literary irritate fellow passengers by passing bad smell and uncomfortable fart. If there is anyone given irritant that makes people fight on board, it is the fart, it is terrible within the plane.”
She was challenged by a colleague about how this could be enforced. As she explained:
“We need special training on aircraft crew so that they provide medicines like bicarbonate of soda to passengers after meals and drinks have been served. We should also have paramedics, who are trained in basic first aid included in the international and local flights.”
It’s no surprise that passengers on planes fart, especially on long flights where people are sitting for extended periods of time. However, apparently this also impacts short haul flights. She has found passengers on flights from Nairobi to Kisumu and Mombasa to be especially prone to high levels of farting. She went on to explain:
“If I am the only one who has experienced this, then I think the rest of us are very lucky. We should have basic provisions of medicines such as Eno other than paracetamols on the flight.
I have experienced passengers go through the agony of long flights. We cannot be secure on board when the other passengers are experiencing discomfort. Farting and flatulence is done progressively and can be contained.”
She also suggested that medical records should be obtained for passengers before they are served certain food and drinks (including alcohol), for their own security.
And now I’ve seen it all…