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Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 1:46 am

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 B.O  Crying i.e. Bangladesh Biman smells like the latter !
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 1:56 am

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.

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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 2:03 am

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

Wed Nov 14, 2001 2:08 am

Jet Fuel and air conditioning gas.
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 2:29 am

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
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 2:40 am

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.
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 2:43 am

Iflewrepublic, love the Apocalypse Now line LOL.
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 2:46 am

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.
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 4:07 am

Usually on most newer long haul aircraft, the smell is not that bad. but sometimes it can be disgusting,
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 4:14 am

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.
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 4:38 am

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
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 4:50 am

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
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 5:28 am

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...

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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 5:33 am

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

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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 5:35 am

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.

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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 5:50 am

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).
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Aroma Of Comm'l Aviation-part Of The Experience!

Wed Nov 14, 2001 7:15 am

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.
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 10:46 am

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

TWA all the way!

RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 10:56 am

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.
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 11:40 pm

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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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Wed Nov 14, 2001 11:51 pm

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!!!
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Thu Nov 15, 2001 12:10 am

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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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Thu Nov 15, 2001 1:49 am

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

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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Thu Nov 15, 2001 4:54 am

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!

RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Thu Nov 15, 2001 10:07 am

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.

RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Thu Nov 15, 2001 11:05 am

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...boarding and smelling coffee & food and when the engines start up, you smell JetA in the cabin.

Fare thee well, DC10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Thu Nov 15, 2001 3:24 pm

First thing I smell are the occasionally nasty LSG sausages and spilled coffee.
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Thu Nov 15, 2001 3:31 pm

Ansett Australia 767 aircraft have this really unusual mix of coffee jet fuel and this weir but appealing apricot like scent. But unfortunately after boarding and taking your seat it is not there anymore.
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Thu Nov 15, 2001 7:05 pm

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!
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RE: Cabin Smells & Odours

Thu Nov 15, 2001 8:40 pm

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 DO SOMETHING HERE????

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