VikingA346 From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 518 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3352 times:
Hey I was on a flight between CDG and ARN a couple years ago and I remember smelling a sulfur like smell just as the aircraft was taxiing to take off position. Does anyone know what this smell might be? I asked the flight attendant but he didn't offer an answer and told me "not to worry". Any ideas?
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Bobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3217 times:
Quoting VikingA346 (Thread starter): I asked the flight attendant but he didn't offer an answer and told me "not to worry".
A quick google search found several articles about a sulfur smell incident. The crew notified the captain who ordered passengers off the plane. I assume there are other incidents like this one, except they usually don't get this kind of publicity.
I'm also taking in seriously, in spite of the smilies. The point is that hydrogen sulfide is normally easily detected by the human nose, but constant exposure causes olfactory fatigue, so the crew members might not be aware of it. That's why I'm concerned that the flight attendant simply told you not to worry without giving further explanation. The F/A might have been correct to not worry, but you were certainly justified to be worried. Hydrogen sulfide is a product of combustion, so it seems to me it is serious, as it was in the Richard Reid incident. On the other hand, aviation fuel contains sulfur, and it might be normal to get a slight odor in the plane, but I can't confirm this and I never noticed it myself.