British Airways flight to Crete turns back to Gatwick after ‘cannabis smell’ fills cabin
The Telegraph-By. Telegraph Reporters-7/22/16
A British Airways flight carrying holidaymakers to Crete was forced to turn back when a “nasty smell” filled the cabin.
Passengers complained of smelling a foul odour – reportedly compared to the smell of cannabis by some – on the flight to Heraklion after take-off from Gatwick on Thursday morning.
The pilot turned back as a precaution and the flight was met by fire crews when it landed 90 minutes later.
Passenger Simon Skinner tweeted that holidaymakers on board were left disappointed:
Another passenger, 40-year-old Stuart Barnes, told The Sun: “We were four rows from the back and the whole area stank. Everyone was saying it was cannabis.
“We were told the air con would clear it, but it got even stronger.”
Passengers were eventually put on a rescheduled flight to Greece’s biggest island at midday.
A British Airways spokeswoman said no evidence of cannabis or anybody smoking cannabis was found on board.
She added: “Our pilot returned the aircraft to Gatwick as a precaution following reports of an unidentified strong smell in the cabin.
“We are sorry for the delay to our customers’ journeys.”
BA’s route to Heraklion is part of the airline’s no-frills offering, which competes with low-cost specialists such as Ryanair and easyJet in the short-haul market.