Mystery Odor Plagues Mineta San Jose Offices


There’s something in the air at the San Jose airport, and it’s not just the passenger planes. Airline offices have been plagued with a smelly odor that just won’t seem to go away.

For about five months now the noxious odor has been coming and going from the airline offices behind Terminal A.

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”On certain days it’s pretty bad,” said one airline employee who didn’t want to give her name. “People say it smells like the sewer, and a foul eggish, sulphur smell.”

It has gotten to the point where some airlines are reportedly threatening to withhold monthly rent payments to the airport unless the odor is eliminated.

Airport spokesman David Vossbrink says they’ve been trying to find the source of the stench, which is isolated to behind-the-scenes areas of recently remodeled Terminal A.

”It’s really frustrating,” said Vossbrink. “Because we have a brand new system here, and from time to time we have a smell that is unpleasant and we want to get rid of it.”

So far, no passengers have complained about the smell, and no one has gotten sick.


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