Kenyan Lawmaker Wants To Combat Airplane Farting

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*Sniff sniff*

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…

  1. Most of the time my friends do not care for the aviation articles I send them. This one though had everyone on the floor. 🙂

  2. LMAOF Made my day Lucky!

    A few weeks ago there was a story on the BBC that a political meeting had to be stopped after someone farted. The attendees thought they were about die!!

  3. What an idiot she sounds like.

    Wasting government time on this

    Medical records are private A medical so professional on every flight ?

    Am sure even queen Elizabeth has broken wind lol

  4. Is this her way of gaining PR for an upcoming campaign

    It’s worse than what goes on here in the us

    has she got no shame!!!!!!

  5. Great post to wake up to! But did you know that at least one airline takes flatulence seriously? I read a couple years ago that they are investigating the possibility of fart-absorbing seat cushions for economy class. Apparently it could involve a charcoal-like substance embedded in the seat base. I’m sure it was SQ, but I can’t recall for certain. So there you go Madam, someone is working on it!

  6. Dear MP Lilian Gogo,

    It would be an international accomplishment to keep people from farting on air planes.
    However, as we all know, held back farts cause bad toughts.
    A bad thought is one that is either unreasonable, or delusional, or ill conceived etc.
    All of the above apply to your idea, I am sorry to say.
    So my question is: Do you always hold back your farts ?

    There are changing air pressures during air travel, and each person’s organism responds differently. A polite person will use the rest room, but if we look around the planet, we have to put with people who are impolite, people who have weird thoughts, and unfortunately also with people who fart all over the place.

    The Bavarian people in Southern Germany have a beautiful saying:
    “Wenn’s Arscherl brummt, ist’s Herzerl g’sund”).
    This wonderful rhyming aphorism would freely translate into:
    “If your butt a-blazes your heart health amazes”, or some such.

    With all due respect: Have some humor, and take it from the Bavarians !!

  7. Governments and airlines around the world need to immediately enact the Fast Acting Relief Treaty (FART) !

  8. Another reason not to fly Kenya Airways. I hope her written Swahili is better than her written English. Several more positive things she could do instead of being concerned with people passing gas. STUPID!!!!

  9. In her defense I don’t get why airlines would serve beans, broccoli or any other gas-inducing food item. They’re kind of just asking for it.

  10. Due to the change in altitude gases in the blood and the rest of the body expand. They leave the body via one of two routes; the lungs or the intestines. There is really nothing that can be done about that.

  11. Some people just cannot control their farts
    Etiquite is to take a bottled up fart for a walk to the restroom, many just let it rip hoping it is silent.

  12. Here is a very airline way of dealing with it:
    Economy passengers pay per fart,
    Business class get a set amount of free farts per segment, and
    First class get unlimited farts.

  13. I really like farting when flying, especially in business class. There is something soothing about being able to relieve all that built-up gas.

  14. Once had an extremely unpleasant transatlantic Flight from LHR to MIA when the person next to me literally let it rip on stop for the duration of the flight. Unfortunately all Other seats were taken so I couldn’t move.

    Since then, I make sure to have a Vic’s Inhaler in my carry on at all times. Also works great against body oder or
    If someone gets air sick / vomits.

  15. Ryanairs CEO Michael O’Leary has announced to be happy about farting passengers in their airplanes. “The Methane is collected and used as free fuel for the aircraft – for the lowest airfares” 😉

  16. As a veteran Avionics Technician on large body Aircraft military and civilian, I would like to state, the cabin is pressurized to any from 7 – 9 psi, or 12 – 14 inches of mercury the pressurized cabin has to be in place when humans are flying unless your breathing 100% oxygen continuously, to maintain this oxygen cryotainers would have to transport liquid oxygen in huge volumes which would increase the aircraft’s weight, and that is not happening due to the safety issues of liquid oxygen, the other option would be installing a oxygen generation system and that’s not happening either due to cost etc,. The simple fact about flying is once you ascend above 12,000 – 14,500 feet the air thins and there is a loss of O2, the only way to replace the loss is to pressurize the cabin with engine air tapped off the cleanest and hottest stage of combustion the air is called BLEED air. This high temperature air is conditioned and rapidly expanded before reaching the cabin to enhance warmth and to pump the cabin full of high volume air to support pressurization of the fuselage of the aircraft. The pressurized cabin is controlled through a outflow process of conditioned air. Without the system in place all aboard (flying) would expirence hypoxia ( lack of oxygen in the blood stream) to possible anoxia ( starvation of oxygen in the blood stream which results in death if not corrected.
    The morale of the story is to keep the aircraft safe and fuel efficient we have to pressurize aircraft cabins.
    With that being said there’s no way around passing gas during flight due to the tremendous amount of high volume air being applied to the body.
    A gee whizz fact for you: if a pilot sneeze’s let’s say in a 747 Boeing and your seated in the very last seat in the aeroplane – guess what, that sneeze will pass through your body in roughly 2-3 seconds. So we are all sharing body functions while flying together.
    The reason we need pressurized flying is the system works to give you safe adequate breathing while flying. So forget about medical records and all the other nonsense. Be thankful you can travel for long or short distances via air travel – breathing at 40,000 feet the same way you do at sea level surfaces wherever you may stand on the face of the earth in an ‘AIRCRAFT’

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