Funny Smell

Mon Feb 15, 1999 12:05 pm

Does anybody know what that weird smell is inside the plane? Every time I fly I smell it. I like the
smell of the cabin of the plane.
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RE: Funny Smell

Mon Feb 15, 1999 1:03 pm

Could it possibly be the galley?

RE: Funny Smell

Mon Feb 15, 1999 1:27 pm

It's hopefully not the loo! ;-)

Noel Benford
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RE: Funny Smell

Mon Feb 15, 1999 1:39 pm

Whenever I used to get aboard an Eastern aircraft, it smelled like orange juice. And KLM's Electras smelled like jet fuel. Both of those smells today bring back nostalgic memories.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA
Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B

RE: Flagellation

Mon Feb 15, 1999 3:31 pm

With the food they serve on the planes it would not surprise me if it was flagellation.

RE: Funny Smell

Mon Feb 15, 1999 6:43 pm

Must be jet fuel. On Russian planes you'd get to smell that to a great deal. Well, now everything is changing...

See those BA planes, they don't smell "aviation" at all... :)

David L
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RE: Funny Smell

Mon Feb 15, 1999 7:01 pm

The smell I notice most usually is from the furnishings and plastic fittings - a bit like a new car.

Iain: did you really mean 'flagellation'?!
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RE: Funny Smell

Mon Feb 15, 1999 8:33 pm

G'day ..
The real answer is .... All of the above....
See yah...
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Bad Robert Duvall Impression

Tue Feb 16, 1999 2:39 am

"I love the smell of avgas in the morning....that pungent 100 low lead smells like.....FLYING!!!"

Ok seriously. I have been in aircraft that smelled like formaldahyde (New Airplane). Jet Fuel, Fish and of course there was that less then memerable flight that I was on where we hit turbulence and the blue juice in the lave splash up out of the toilets. I am really glad I didn't have to clean that mess up.

RE: Funny Smell

Tue Feb 16, 1999 10:57 am

Well Colin, you got a lot of dumb, and predictably silly, answers to a good question. I, too, have wondered why airliners have that unique smell. My best guess is that it is mostly the carpet flooring and the upholstery used on the seats and whatever fire-retardant properties they must have. Perhaps a bit of aviation fuel smell might be mixed in there too because the doors are often open to the outside during turnaround where the smell of av gas is clearly present. Usually unique smells are a combination of several odors that combine to a make distinct odor all its own. I doubt that the food or lavatories play any significant part in that world-reknown cabin smell that is, really, only detected upon first boarding a plane. I believe it is mostly the upholstery.

P.S. I think "Virgin Atlantic" meant to say flatulation, not flagellation. You must forgive him, he's studying English as a second language.

RE: Myknowitall

Tue Feb 16, 1999 11:46 am

I tried to use words that are not that crass. I spelt it wrong but the meaning got across. I must admit I wonder what a fight smells like. Also you have only been in here about a week so were do you get the idea English is my second language? Well it is not I have spoken english all my life.
PS The reason I worte that response was if you look at adverts like the Peptol Bismol advert and other products like that the all seem to be on a plane. Muy intereste. No?

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