Last week, a Transavia Airlines flight from Dubai to Amsterdam was forced into an emergency landing for a highly unusual reason: Someone farted.

As reported by numerous outlets, the trouble began when a passenger refused to stop passing gas, despite protests from nearby travelers. A fight soon broke out between the farter and another man, and when a warning from the pilot failed to settle things down, the flight was forced to land at Vienna Airport. There, the two men were kicked off the plane, along with two other women. All were banned from future Transavia Airlines flights.

But the story doesn’t end there. Now the two women are suing the budget airline, claiming they had nothing to do with the flatulence and suggesting they might have been racially profiled. Via the British tabloid newspaper Metro:

Nora Lacchab, 25, a law student from Rotterdam, and her unnamed sister, say being removed was ‘humiliating’ are now seeking to legal action.

The two women, who are of Dutch and Moroccan descent, were returning to Amsterdam after a week holidaying in Dubai.

Nora told De Telegraaf: ‘We had nothing to do with the whole disturbance. We distance ourselves from that.

‘Do they sometimes think that all Moroccans cause problems? That’s why we do not let it sit.

‘We had no idea who these boys were, we just had the bad luck to be in the same row and we didn’t do anything. All I will say is that the crew were really provocative and stirred things up.’

These women presumably set off on the road hoping for uneventful travel, only to wind up being farted on, forced to land and barred from the flight and the airline. We hope they at least come away with a settlement for their troubles.

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