A politician in Africa is taking a stand against flatulence on planes by asking for new protocols to stop the offending passengers.
According to News.com.au, Nairobi MP Lilian Gogo addressed a Kenyan parliamentary debate last Wednesday and expressed her concern with passengers passing gas during long-haul flights and the impact it has on other people onboard.
Dr. Gogo took a stand after dealing with in-flight flatulence too often.
“There is one irritant that is often ignored and this is the level of farting within the aircraft,” Dr. Gogo told local media outlets. “There are passengers who literally irritate fellow passengers by passing bad smell and uncomfortable fart (sic).”
“If there is any one given irritant that makes people fight on board, it is the fart,” Dr. Gogo continued. “It is terrible within the plane.”
The passing gas debate took place during a meeting to discuss how airlines deal with unruly passengers, which came as a result of a new report from the Kenyan National Assembly Committee on Transport, Public Works and Housing.
When asked about her plan for measures and protocols to combat the flatulence, Dr. Gogo suggested specialized training for crew members, serving food that reduces gas in passengers and limiting the amount of alcohol served on planes.
Dr. Gogo also said passing gas could become a threat to security since passengers will become angrier with each other due to offensive smell, which could result in physical and verbal altercations.
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Hong Kong Testing All Arriving Airline Passengers for Coronavirus
Hong Kong announced Tuesday that travelers arriving at the region’s main airport would be screened for coronavirus, making it the first airport in the world to require testing for all incoming passengers.
According to Fortune.com, government officials revealed that every airline passenger who arrives at Hong Kong International Airport will now be tested for coronavirus whether or not they are exhibiting symptoms.
Once the passengers arrive at the Hong Kong airport, they will deplane and board shuttle buses operated by the region’s health department to a temporary “specimen collection center” where they will test saliva from every traveler.
Passengers who complete the testing will then be shown their accommodations at the AsiaWorld-Expo convention center, where they will be forced to stay for 14 days as part of the government-mandated quarantine.
The government said it would enforce the quarantine via tracking wristbands.
“If a sample tests positive, the CHP will notify the person concerned as early as possible and arrange for admission to a public hospital for treatment,” a statement from Hong Kong read. “In general, if no notification is received within three working days after returning a sample, it means the test result is negative and the person concerned is required to continue the compulsory quarantine until the quarantine period ends.”
For passengers arriving from regions deemed high-risk, such as the United Kingdom and areas of China, they will be forced to wait at the collection center until the results of faster tests are revealed. Confirmed cases will immediately be transported to local hospitals, while travelers who test negative will be moved to the quarantine areas.
“As the testing takes time, the people concerned might need to stay at the venue to wait for eight hours or more and those arriving at night might have to wait longer,” the statement continued. “The DH urged for the understanding and patience from inbound travelers on the arrangement.”
Passengers aren’t the only people on planes getting sick, as the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) found that around 100 flight attendants have tested positive for coronavirus.
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