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May 16, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

An American woman says flight attendants forced her to urinate in a cup rather than leave her seat to visit the toilet on a domestic fight from Kansas City to Houston.

When Nicole Harper tried to visit the toilet on United flight 6056, operated by the airline’s regional partner Mesa Airlines, she says a flight attendant ordered her straight back to her seat. The seatbelt sign was still lit and the plane was coming in to land.

Harper told Channel KSHB Kansas City: “I said ‘I’m going to need to use the restroom or I’m going to need a cup.’ They handed me the cup which was about this big and I was like ‘I’m going to need a second cup.”

Harper, described by associated news outlet as a nurse and mother of two, says she has lived with an overactive bladder all her life.

She has filed a complaint with United Airlines and the US Department of Transportation, saying she told the flight attendant about her condition.

United Airlines released this statement about Harper’s case:

“Customer safety is always our first priority. Initial reports from the Mesa Airlines flight attendants indicate that Ms. Harper attempted to visit the lavatory on final descent and was instructed to remain seated with the seat belt fastened per FAA regulations. The situation as described by Ms. Harper and our employees is upsetting for all involved. We have reached out to Ms. Harper and our flying partner Mesa Airlines to better understand what occurred.”

It’s the latest incident in a spate of bizarre or unpleasant happenings in US domestic skies, several of which have involved United Airlines. Last month, passenger David Dao, a doctor, was violently dragged from a United flight after refusing to give his seat to a United staff member. On the same day, a scorpion tumbled out of the overhead locker and stung a Canadian passenger on another United flight.

More recently, there was the mysterious death of Simon the giant rabbit. See: Airline shock – was giant bunny locked in freezer? The airline faces possible legal action over that, along with the rabbit’s quick cremation, which a lawyer says destroyed vital evidence.

That was quickly followed by an incident in which a United Airlines gate agent let an international passenger board the wrong flight and fly almost 5000 kilometres in the wrong direction right across the continental US, before the error was discovered. See: Abject apologies after passenger takes wrong flight

Written by Peter Needham

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