Where is it Polite to Fart?

Passing gas is an integral body function, yet can sometimes be offensive and smelly. But with care, farting may even become socially acceptable in certain situations.

Renaissance Italy, often considered to be the pinnacle of historical sophistication, still had to deal with flatulence issues at dinner tables. Desiderius Erasmus offered up some suggestions for appropriate meal farting protocols.

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Few places in a men’s room allow farting more freely than at a urinal. Even if someone sits next to you farts at a urinal, chances are they won’t even notice.

But even if no one else in the bathroom is paying attention, you must still be wary not to let your farts become too loud; otherwise you could end up starting a fart war and making the room smell foul. Additionally, people who fart in urinals tend to be less social than when not farting in bathroom stalls.

Farting is permitted in a ladies’ restroom, since most women tend to be so focused on themselves that they don’t pay much attention to farts from others in the same room. However, if someone in another stall happens to hear it quickly apologize as this could quickly escalate out of hand.

Few people who fart in bathrooms enjoy doing it and might give you a high-five for it, but that is an insignificant portion of society. Most of us simply need peace and privacy while realizing farting is an inevitable part of life that shouldn’t be treated with contempt. Since it’s impossible to hold in all those farts, bathrooms offer us an ideal outlet to vent them when necessary – just use COURTESY FLUSH afterward so your fart won’t linger too long in there!


As a general rule, it is considered indecorous to fart in a car with anyone else present. You should do your best to hold off as long as possible; if this proves impossible then rolling down the windows may help create a flow of air that will carry away the offending smell from within and out of the car.

According to science and aerodynamics, the ideal way to do this is to open both windows a few inches; this will cause an air mass to be directed diagonally across and out through both windows, carrying away any smelly gases that occur from farts that might otherwise linger inside your vehicle. While this method works effectively when driving, if they fart is particularly offensive it may prove challenging when trying to do this without stopping entirely!

Jess from California offers additional advice: “Opening both driver’s window and back door halfway will create turbulent air flow that will take in any smelly substances. Additionally, try opening both windows at once if possible – this will further diffuse any odour.”

Hiccuping and sneezing are involuntary bodily functions that typically do not produce unpleasant odours, while farting is a conscious act that often produces foul-smelling emissions. Farting is considered rude in cars, elevators, planes and airplanes – not to mention stores/offices that may have many people present or under the sheets at bed – due to more noticeable odors being produced than with involuntary bodily functions like coughing.


Airplanes are cramped spaces where it’s common to pass gas, yet farting can be uncomfortable when done near other passengers or crew. Luckily, there are ways to prevent a flatulence faux pas while flying.

If you feel as if you might fart, visit the restroom before your flight begins to help reduce gas production on board and offer those in the stalls some peace and quiet. Furthermore, drinking plenty of water and eating food that’s easy on your stomach is also essential to minimising bloating or gassiness on board.

But if you can’t get to the bathroom before your flight, don’t panic! There are other places on board where you can fart – the best being opening a window – this can provide fresh air while simultaneously mitigating any unpleasant odors from spreading.

One option is to sit in an aisle seat farthest from the cockpit, so that pilots won’t be able to detect any scent of vomit and be distracted from flying safely. Furthermore, cabin pressure changes during flights and this could cause gas in your stomach to expand – it is best to let go before reaching this stage!

Although it might be tempting to hold in your gas, doing so can actually cause discomfort, indigestion, pain and stress. So next time you find yourself on a plane, don’t hesitate to release some steam – just make sure that an empty stall awaits!


Even Renaissance Italy – often considered to be the epitome of human artistic, philosophical and scientific sophistication – had no stigma around farting in public. Desiderius Erasmus (1530 treatise on Good Manners) advocated that individuals shouldn’t feel awkward when venting flatulence in public.

Farting is a completely natural function, just like coughing, sneezing, burping and defecating. Indeed, many cultures – like Canada’s Inuit people – celebrate farting after meals as an expression of thanks and appreciation to those responsible.

However, certain cultures view it as impolite to fart in public when eating – either due to embarrassment for those doing it, or it being taken as an act of disrespect by other diners and hosts alike. If possible, try and release your gas privately rather than disrupting anyone’s dining experience and hurting anyone’s feelings or distancing guests who are sharing this momentous occasion together.


Passing gas is generally considered healthy, although in certain circumstances and places it may be viewed as gross and rude. Passing gas may be caused by serious health conditions like Crohn’s, IBS or Coeliac disease but otherwise farting is just part of our natural digestive process – just like coughing, sneezing or burping! But there may be situations in which it becomes offensive to fart.

As much as it’s best avoided in public spaces, passing gas should ideally only happen alone or when in private rooms. Furthermore, it should never happen near people prone to tease teasing others about your farts – though if necessary it is acceptable as long as verbally warning those around and then making amends afterwards.

Farting publicly is not considered socially appropriate in many parts of the world; however, due to people being unaware that hiccups and sneezing are involuntary bodily functions involving visible fluid excretion from within our bodies, most tend to disregard farts with unpleasant odors as waste products. Some cultures like Inuit tradition take great pleasure in finishing their plates after meals as an expression of appreciation; thus making some feel it rude if anyone burps or farts during this gesture of thanks – hence why some consider burps rudeness among them all.