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Andrea Romano
July 17, 2017

Feel free to relax and pass that gas. Just, you know, be polite about it.

Over the weekend, reports circulated about an American Airlines flight that landed in Raleigh, North Carolina after a man’s “rectal turbulence,” so to speak, made passengers so ill that the plane had to make an emergency evacuation.

According to the International Business Times, the man, who was believed to be ill himself, “broke wind so violently it caused nausea and headaches among his fellow passengers.”

American Airlines said in a statement that these claims are decidedly false.

"The plane was not evacuated. [A] medical call came in for someone affected by an odor after the plane deplaned normally,” a Raleigh airport official said in an email to the Charlotte Observer

“We did take an aircraft out of service for a mechanical issue, an odor in the cabin...No ‘passed gas’ issue,” an American Airlines official added.

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What a relief that the rumors aren't true.

However, if you must pass gas while you’re up in the air, maybe excuse yourself or try to get to the lavatories. It might help keep the skies a little friendlier.

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