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User currently offlineGF-A330 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1739 times:

Remember back to your last flight and describe the cabin odours which hit your face as soon as you boarded the aircraft.

Was it a nice/refreshing smell....or was it less appealing...like B.O  Crying i.e. Bangladesh Biman smells like the latter !

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User currently offlineIflewrepublic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 537 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1648 times:

I can only speak for myself, but everytime I board a jetliner, all I smell is COFFEE AND JET FUEL!!!

Love that smell...especially in the morning.


Aviation is proof that, given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
User currently offlineHooverair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1623 times:

All I smell is old hot food and stale coffee! Thats the reason why I prefer either turbo's or no-frill.

User currently offlineVS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

Jet Fuel and air conditioning gas.

User currently offlineHeavymetal From Ireland, joined May 2015, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1591 times:

Coffee, jet fuel and a touch of diesel from the luggage tractors.

If they could bottle that smell, it'd make a great car air "freshener"  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineBaliMorris From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

I used to notice that smell more when I was younger. Maybe they used some different kind of air freshener back then. It was a strange thing. I used to love the smell, but somehow, I'd have to describe it as being slightly vomitty. That's bizarre, because I can assure you I don't like the smell of vomit.

User currently offlineIhadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6028 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1565 times:

Iflewrepublic, love the Apocalypse Now line LOL.

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User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1557 times:

ON my way back CVG-IAH on a CO ERJ145, someone had eaten too much chili.  Big thumbs up I also like the smell of the jetway, especially in the morning.

User currently offlineAFC_Ajax00 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 775 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1523 times:

Usually on most newer long haul aircraft, the smell is not that bad. but sometimes it can be disgusting,

Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward; for there you long to return
User currently offlinePeter_A330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1518 times:

I was on a Canada 3000 ex-Royal A310 from YYZ to MAN late June. The first smell to hit me was a sort of a damp smell that hit me as soon as I entered the plane then there was a really strong smell of disenfecant, like they were trying to hide the damp smell.

User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 391 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1516 times:

Hi Shabaz,

sorry couldnt reply to your mail, having problems with my account, anywasy I have no idea about the inflight music on PIA but their cassettes are available in some stores. About the smells, on my last flight which was with PIA there was the usual standard cabin interior smell which is universal on all airlines, yes that means PIA smells good too Smile

.....up there with the best!
User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1501 times:

Try flying BWIA - their L15s smell like uncleaned toilets!  Sad

I love the smell of jet exhaust in the morning - it smells like ... aviation  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineCbqfan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1470 times:

My favorite?
Someone burning microwave popcorn in the back of a Sun Country 727.

First you get hit with a burning smell, then, after the panic subsides, you have to sit around smelling it because there's no escape...

What made the experience all the better was the plane was delayed leaving for a 'mechanical malfunction'.

Covered the lavatory odors though...


User currently offlineAmerica West From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1466 times:

This reminds me of something that happened at CMH a couple of years ago...

Delta Passengers Complain Of Nausea

Jul 27, 1999

Ten people were briefly hospitalized at Port Columbus International Airport July 27 after complaining of dizziness and nausea caused by an odor on a Delta Air Lines plane that landed from Cincinnati.
Seven members of the plane's crew, two baggage handlers and an airport firefighter were treated at three hospitals and released. None of the 29 passengers aboard Delta Flight 2010 from Cincinnati to Port Columbus International reported feeling ill.

Firefighters said they could not immediately identify what caused the smell. Deputy fire Chief Karry Ellis said one possible source was eight or nine boxes that contained herbs and spices that had been chemically treated within the last week. He said the odor also might have come from materials used to clean the plane.

Delta was continuing to check the Boeing 757 to see if it could determine where the odor came from, airline spokesman Tracy O'Donnal said. He said the plane would be kept in Columbus until it was determined to be safe to fly.

But, everytime I get on a plane, it always smells like coffee. I love that smell. Big thumbs up

User currently offlineMilemaster From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1101 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

For those of you that haven't noticed (at least on AA), the flight attendants hang full sealed coffee filters in the lavatories to cover up the bombs(not the explosive kind) the passengers deploy in the toilets.

User currently offlineCargolux From Luxembourg, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

My last flight was in a Cargolux B747-400 Freighter LX-PCV (don't worry, in the passenger cabin!), in June this year. There are 6 passenger seats and 2 beds in the upper deck. As I entered the cabin, it seemed to me as if I entered the room of a 5 stars hotel. Clean, everything on its place, looked nice, warm and passenger friendly. There were no bad smells, it smelled just like textile (seats and floorcarpet) always do. This appearance of the cabin is one of the many reasons why I like more flying with CV than with any other airline. Oh yeah, the food: it could have come directly from the restaurant, very tasty. Then, the cabin smelled a bit like roasted chicken (what I ate). But tell me someone who does not like roasted chicken (yummy).

User currently offlineRailmatt From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

Coffee and jet fuel. I love it! Its not as bad as it sounds.

I am just old enough to remember that the smell has changed somewhat. You used to have to add cigarette smoke to the list.

The only bad smell I ever remember was in a lavatory on a WN 737-300.

User currently offlineTWAalltheway From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1399 times:

In addition to the smell of coffee and jet fuel, you gotta factor in the scent of the worn upholstery

TWA all the way!

User currently offlineCo LITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

Ahh... the smell of an old 727-200. The smell bombards you when the gate door is opened. I love it, and they oughta bottle it.

User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1362 times:

Usually when i get on a plane I get the smell of the Cabin Crew's perfume, upholstery cleaner and the smell from the air conditioning. Walking down the Jetway you always get that great smell of Jet fuel accompanied by the noise from the tarmac, its great!!


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User currently offline36r From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1357 times:

When I flew for C3 a few years ago, our 757s had a distinct stench that we could never get out of our uniforms. You could smell it on the jet way already... We called it eau de boeing. Its hard to describe exactly what the smell was... But even now I remember it very distinctly. Funny how our Airbuses never had this same smell... Go figure!!!

User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1353 times:

I guess the smells come from the materials use for the interior, like the plastics used for the panels, the cloth for the seats, carpets? But yes, all planes have this very distinctive 'plane' smell! And it doesn't seem to vary too much between airlines (leaving aside airlines who don't clean their planes properly!).

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User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5116 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1336 times:

It was the frist flight of the aircrat.. so it spelt really fresh and clean.. the air condition was blasting and the aircrat was empty except the flight crew since i was the first to board  Smile

It was a MD-83 GND to POS..

There is something special about planes....
User currently offline2000first From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1319 times:

In 1999 I flew from Dublin to rome on a TransAer A300, and as soon as i boarded the plane, a stench of fish hit me! I have no idea where it came from (maybe there were fish in the cargo hold?) but it really did smell unpleasant!

User currently offlineGOOFY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1298 times:

I will not name the airline but here it goes.

In the airline I was travelling, it smelled like horse shit with some stale orange juice on which a bucket full of dead rats was splashed.

25 UAL1837 : This past summer, I flew on a brand new United A320. The best smell is a new plane (at least airbus) smell. The smell I'll miss is from the DC10...boa
26 B-787 : First thing I smell are the occasionally nasty LSG sausages and spilled coffee.
27 Braniff Place : Ansett Australia 767 aircraft have this really unusual mix of coffee jet fuel and this weir but appealing apricot like scent. But unfortunately after
28 VapourTrails : Yeah, like a lot of people have already mentioned, the cabin smell is usually a mixture of coffee & jet fuel! Definitely reminds me where I am!
29 Critter592 : You guys mean Coffee, OXYGEN, and jetFuel. And yes, they oughta make an Air Freshener out of it. IS ANYONE IN THESE FORUMS WORKING FOR GLADE, CAN WE D
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