Flights have diverted when passengers spent too long in the lavatory, or left their electronic devices behind there. But passengers don’t usually spend the bulk of the flight inside except when airlines take off with more passegners than seats.
One woman though spent 5 hours in the lavatory of her Icelandair flight because she tested herself for Covid while in the air, found she was positive, and was determined not to expose other passengers to the virus.
The Michigan school teacher’s throat became sore halfway through her flight from Chicago to Reykjavík on December 20, so she took a rapid test out of her carry on bag, went to the lavatory, and “within what felt like two seconds there were two lines (indicating a positive test),” she told NBC News in an interview.
So she isolated herself in the lavatory for the remaining roughly 5 hours of the flight, while a member of the cabin crew delivered ‘room service’ food and drinks as needed.
Naturally she TikTok’d from the lav and it’s been viewed over 4 million times.
If she hadn’t tested herself she’d have presumably been permitted to enter the country without quarantine. Although she wound up having to expose herself to others, and expose others to her, even while in quarantine because a fire alarm went off.