A week and a half ago, a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Barcelona had to turn around after a passenger let loose diarrhea all the way through the aircraft.
Passengers returned to Atlanta and waited while Delta cleaned the aircraft and found a new crew (as the original one timed out). They were sent on their way using the same plane at 2:57 a.m. Saturday morning. Video showed the inside of the aircraft.
🚨#WATCH: Footage of the cabin that forced a Delta flight to make an emergency landing because of passenger’s diarrhea trail
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I feel badly for the passengers who had to endure that. I feel badly for the cleaners whose job it was to make the plane serviceable in a short amount of time. And I actually feel bad for… the passenger.
Imagine that this happened, you’re sitting in it. And you’re trapped inside a plane with everyone else on board looking at you, disgusted with you, and you’re to blame for their delay – the extra hours they have to sit on a plane, their discomfort. And you have to know that you’re about to experience 15 minutes of fame you never wanted, even if (hopefully) you aren’t named.
As you get off the plane in Atlanta, passengers around you are going to point to you. They’re going to whisper, “that’s the one who…”
Well comedian Margaret Cho shares that something like this actually happened to her on a plane, and it was so bad that passengers thought there was something wrong with the aircraft such as a fuel leak.
“Diarrhea on a plane? I’ve had it,” she she says.
It came with gas. I kept going up and down and going to the bathroom and then sitting back down. And the smell was so bad, but also not human, that other people near me started to think there was something wrong with the plane.
I’ve never had this happen, but I’ve had food poisoning on a plane – more than once. I ate some bad salmon at the start a Qantas flight years ago, and it hit me during a connection on Alaska Airlines. I also was once in misery on a British Airways flight from London Heathrow to New York JFK, but fortunately the experience passed by the time I landed stateside.
I have to think that there are some variations of passengers causing discomfort to others as a result of gastrointestinal issues most every single day. Otherwise there wouldn’t be a Ben’s Chili Bowl at Washington’s National airport.