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Urgent toilet stop gets man booted from flight

April 28, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

 

Weird happenings on US airlines just keep coming, and acting on lawyers’ advice, passengers avidly film the incidents on mobile phones for possible later use.

The latest occurrence involved a man desperate to attend the toilet just before takeoff and who ended up visiting the facility in defiance of instructions on a Delta Air Lines flight. He ended up evicted from the flight because of it.

As usual, there’s a YouTube video:

The caption runs: “After waiting on tarmac with no foreseeable information that we would take off anytime soon, passenger quickly used bathroom (less than 1 minute). Delta determined to return to the gate (not too far away!) and remove the passenger. This is the first Delta employee who came on (Horatio) speaking not very kindly to the passenger.”

According to USA Today, Delta Air Lines’ feeling on the issue is that US federal law requires passengers to comply with crew instructions or risk of being viewed as a security threat.

The flight was Delta 2035 from Atlanta to Milwaukee. The plane taxied to the runway and passengers were told it was third in line to take off. You are meant to remain seated.

According to a passenger quoted by USA Today, the wait was longer than anticipated, about 30 minutes.

The man visited the toilet briefly to urinate.

The pilot then apologised to passengers and said the plane needed to return to the gate to remove a passenger.

Two Delta agents, first one and then another, approached the renegade urinator and told him to exit the plane.

Delta is reported to have refunded part of his ticket cost and left him to find his own way home.

Written by Peter Needham

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