Delta Air Lines flight 194 form Atlanta to Barcelona turned around Friday night after a passenger let loose diarrhea throughout the aircraft. The Airbus A350 was two hours into its flight to Spain when a pilot told air traffic control about a “biohazard issue” that necessitated an immediate u-turn.
The flight was over Virginia when the airline told the pilots to turn back. 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.
The flight was delayed eight hours, and passengers finally arrived in Barcelona at 5:10 p.m. According to the FAA flight strip: “Divert to ATL — passenger diarrhea all over aircraft — biohazard” and this was confirmed by air traffic control conversations, “It’s just a biohazard issue, we had a passenger who had diarrhea all the way through the airplane.”
A Delta Airlines Airbus A350 turned around back to Atlanta Friday night because of diarrhea throughout the airplane from a passenger and it’s a biohazard. 👀🥴
The FAA flight strip for DL194 was posted to Reddit (📷xStang05x) Also a passenger posted here asking why her son’s… pic.twitter.com/VWbkB47wF1
— Thenewarea51 (@thenewarea51) September 3, 2023
As the captain of the aircraft, I think I’d have lost it when air traffic control told me I was number two for landing.
Oddly, it’s Washington’s National airport and not Atlanta with a Ben’s Chili Bowl.
Somehow I would have wanted a longer delay for a more thorough cleaning of the aircraft, but I haven’t seen photos of the incident or complaints from passengers about lingering brown spots, so perhaps the “biohazard” was dealt with sufficiently. Believe it or not this is hardly the first time that a passenger’s poop caused a U.S. airline to divert.