Charcoal the end for flying farts?

European gastroenterologists report in The New Zealand Medical Journal their concern about the repercussions from on-board flatulence.

Letting go is risky, according to the authors, as sound insulation on planes means the noise is difficult to hide and smoking bans make the odour hard to mask.

But holding it in can result in a range of abdominal symptoms, so the authors suggested a few solutions to this dilemma.

The first involves installing active charcoal in the passenger seats, as charcoal can limit the escape of sulphuric gases into the environment.

“However, such charcoal-containing