Robbie Williams admits he can't stop farting on planes and he's not alone – here's why air travel makes you gassy

Robbie Williams admits he can't stop farting on planes and he's not alone – here's why air travel makes you gassy


TRAVELLING by plane does make you more gassy, according to experts – and even celebs admit to letting rip while travelling.

Passengers on a flight may find themselves farting more than usual in the cabin, even if they usually don't.

Jacob Rosenberg, a clinical professor at the University of Copenhagen says it is all down to the cabin pressure dropping.

He told South China Morning Post: "When cabin pressure decreases, the natural air inside the bowel will expand.

"And since there is only limited space in the large bowel, it is a natural consequence to fart."

This is also why your ears can pop during a flight, due to the change in pressure.

Robbie Williams recently admitted he was forced to "s*** in his hand" after trying to fart quietly during a flight.

He told his wife Ayda Field on podcast The Secret's Out: "I'm very good with not farting on public flights now. Anyway, so I needed to get rid of the gas."

"And what I do is so that nobody can hear it's me, I have a sort of '2 finger silencer' where I just pull the cheek. A semi-lift cheek pull. It's definitely a silencer. I'm 45. I'm really good at this now."

"So I pulled the cheek apart. Let rip and followed through and s*** in my hand."

Flight attendants have also admitted to passing wind during a flight – with a special technique called crop dusting.

To do this, they walk slowly up and down the aisle, pretending to check whether the overhead cabins are properly closed and passengers are settled, while letting rip.

Actress Evangeline Lilly admitted to farting on a passenger when she used to work as a flight attendant.

She previously explained: "One time there was this guy who was really awful to me, and I was really struggling that day, because I had really bad gas.

"And as a flight attendant, you don’t let that go when you’re on a plane.

"So this guy got under my skin to the point that finally I decided to save it all up, and when I was walking past him and when I got to row 48… I let it rip, right in his face."

In 2018, a passenger was kicked off a flight after being accused of farting too loudly and last year, an MP even called for new measures to stop people farting on planes.

Nairobi MP Lilian Gogo said: "There is one irritant that is often ignored and this is the level of farting within the aircraft."

"There are passengers who literally irritate fellow passengers by passing bad smell and uncomfortable fart (sic)."

When asked what measures could control mile-high flatulence, Dr Gogo suggested special training for crew and a review of meals served on-board., adding medicines like bicarbonate of soda or non-gassy drinks.

We've even worked out how much gas might be in the air during one flight, sing information such as how much is let out during a flight -between 0.5 and 1.5 litres per day according to Kyle Staller, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital – as well as how many passengers are on board and the recycling of air in the cabin.

A Ryanair flight from London to Naples takes 3hrs 15 minutes and the amount a human would usually let out during that time is 0.125 litres – so 0.162 with the extra 30 per cent which is let out on a flight.

If you times that by 189 passengers, that is 30 litres of fart in the air halved because of air filtering to 15 litres.

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