Is it Rude to Fart in Public?

Cutting the cheese, tooting, blowing raspberries, breaking wind, or letting it rip; we all know what these terms stand for. 

Farting is called many different ways, but none of them make the act of flatulence any less crude than it is. 

That said, farting is a natural part of the human body, and can not always be avoided or prevented.

But what about farting in public? Is it rude? Or an accepted part of life? Read on below and find out!

Is it Rude to Fart in Public?

Farting in public is as rude as burping in public or openly scratching your private parts in front of others. 

In fact, it’s even ruder than many of the other forms of rude social behavior people display from time to time out in public.

Breaking wind is best done at home, or in the bathroom if you are at school or work. 

If you can’t make it that far, or you’re somewhere without facilities, simply moving away from other people before blowing a raspberry is the best course of action if you don’t want to be considered rude.

How Rude Is it?


On the rude meter’s scale of 1 to 10, farting in public rates 9. The reason farting in public rates so high is that it is typically seen as rude, crude, and uncalled for by all means. 

Now, that doesn’t mean people won’t forgive you, or will continue to hold it against you for the rest of your life… but in the moment, you will more than likely be judged as rude and possibly even as disgusting.

Even silent farts are rude, so if you can’t hold it in until you can get to a bathroom facility, walking some distance away before farting is the best possible option you have.

Why is it Rude?

Farting in public is seen as rude for various reasons, two of the most significant ones include that it sounds terrible (and tends to make others think about rather unfavorable things, like what the orifice the flatulence escapes from), and it often smells bad.

Further, as humans, we all need to fart sometimes, and we know how we would handle the situation ourselves. 

So, when someone simply lets one rip out in public, we tend to find it rude when we know we would hold it in or move away from the public eye (if only for a moment) before we’d allow ourselves to be seen as rude and/or disgusting.

Common Questions

What to do if you fart in public?

Sometimes there is simply nothing to be done about it; a fart slips out in public before you can react. The best thing to do in this type of situation is simply to apologize for your action and ask for forgiveness.

How to stop a fart?

There are a few ways that you can attempt to stop a fart, but none of them are foolproof. The best-known method is squeezing your butt cheeks together tightly and clenching your stomach/gut at the same time. 

Is it ever polite to fart?

It is never polite to fart. Even in a group of 13-year-old boys, farting in public is still rude. Likewise, no matter the culture, a fart in public is bound to be seen as rude and disgusting.