An American Airlines stewardess was taken to hospital this week after a "turbulence related" incident on a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles.
The Boeing 747 had just reached optimum cruising level when, according to the Health and Safety Executive report, senior cabin stewardess Annabelle Hoolihan suffered an extreme bout of " simultaenous gastric and posterial flatulence that propelled her expeditiously to the end of the galley and forcibly up against the toilet door".
Hooolihan ended up with multiple facial lacerations, 2 broken ribs and concussion.
Fortunately, one of the passengers was a doctor and he was able to tend to her wounds while the plane returned to Chicago O'Hare.
Anticipating a substantial claim for damages from the staff member, American Airlines executive board are now issuing a comprehensive advice leaflet for all staff warning of the danger of consuming large amounts of unabsorbable carbohydrated food (such as broccoli and prunes) too close to upcoming flights.