Study Reveals Why Pilots’ Farts Can Be Dangerous
…BUT PASSENGERS’ ARE FINE
(NEWSER) – Need to pass gas on a plane? No worries—assuming you’re a passenger, says an oddball new study. In fact, researchers encourage you to go right ahead: Pressure changes associated with flying do indeed make us more gassy, and holding it means potential indigestion and heartburn, AFP reports. If you’re a pilot, however, you might want to think twice about letting one go. The “co-pilot may be affected by its odor, which … reduces safety onboard the flight,” the authors—five European gastroenterologists—say.
But it’s a bit of a conundrum, since holding it in could result in the aforementioned unpleasant effects for the pilot. The study, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, weighed in on other flatulence-related topics: It found, for instance, that women’s farts are smellier than men’s, and that sulfur is at the root of the bad smell. Researchers also discovered a hidden benefit to sitting in economy class: The textile seat covers absorb up to half a fart’s smell; first-class leather seats offer no such advantage.
Mr Bean flies plane after pilot faints
By Tom Leonard, Media Correspondent 12:00AM GMT 24 Mar 2001
ROWAN ATKINSON, star of the television comedy Mr Bean, was reported yesterday to have seized the controls of a private plane taking him and his family across Kenya when the pilot passed out.
Atkinson, 46, had chartered the twin-prop Cessna to take him, his wife Sunetra and their two children, Ben, eight, and Lily, six, on a 75-minute journey between Mombasa and Nairobi. Noticing that the pilot had closed his eyes and slumped back in his seat, the comedian and his wife moved to the front of the plane and tried to revive him.
When the Cessna now lurching from side to side, started to lose height rapidly, Atkinson – who had never flown a plane before – took the controls. A few minutes later the pilot regained consciousness, apparently unaware of what had happened. The Atkinson family’s holiday journey to Wilson Airport in Nairobi last month continued without a hitch and they landed safely.
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