A newly published research paper recommends that planes have active charcoal embedded in seat cushions so that passengers can relieve flatulence during flights without smelling up the cabin.
The report claims the problem is significant on commercial airplanes where many people are seated in limited space and where changes in volume of intestinal gases, due to altered cabin pressure, increase the amount of potential gas.
The authors say that holding back flatus on an airplane may cause significant discomfort and physical symptoms.
To avoid this problem the authors propose the charcoal be embedded in seats to neutralize odors or charcoal handed out to all passengers.
The report was published in The New Zealand Medical Journal by a group of British and Danish doctors.
The researches also say that the fiber content of airline meals could be lowered in order to reduce the potential for flatulence.
Riders should anticipate some changes but "near normal" service on the Long Island Rail Road for the Wednesday morning rush. Crews have bee working to repair tracks and switches after Monday's derailment.