So, picture this: you’re on a plane, cruising at 35,000 feet, and suddenly the captain comes over the intercom and says, “Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve got a bit of a situation here. Seems someone had an explosive case of diarrhea, and it’s a real biohazard!” Hold onto your seatbelts because this story is as real as it gets!
When I first heard about this, I was convinced it had to be some sort of internet hoax. You know, one of those stories that’s so bizarre, you assume it’s satire. But as it turns out, the reports are true. Yes, you read that title correctly: a plane was forced to return to Atlanta airport after a passenger experienced a stomach-churning episode of diarrhea mid-flight. OMG indeed.
This incident took place on flight A350 with 336 passengers on board Delta Airlines, all eager to jet off from Atlanta, Georgia to Barcelona on September 1. Little did they know that they were in for a journey that would redefine the term “in-flight entertainment.”
The drama began when the pilot made an unusual radio call to air traffic control. With a mix of concern and bewilderment in his voice, he explained, “It’s just a biohazard issue, we had a passenger who had diarrhea all the way through the airplane, so they want us to come back to Atlanta.” That’s right, it was a full-blown “biohazard” situation.
And if you think we’re joking, search Twitter for the cell phone video that someone uploaded. It shows a rather unsavory trail of you-know-what in the aisle between two rows of seats. Yep, you read that right: it was a literal poopocalypse at 35,000 feet.
Now, keep in mind that this airborne ordeal unfolded two hours into the flight. Two hours! Passengers probably started the journey with dreams of tapas and sangria in Barcelona, but instead, they found themselves amidst a mess of a very different kind.
The flight crew did their best to handle the situation, but the flight was anything but smooth from that point on. It had to be turned around and head back to Atlanta. No one can blame them; I mean, who would want to sit through that aroma for an entire transatlantic flight?
The real kicker? The flight ended up being delayed for over eight hours while a hazmat crew performed a full-scale airplane cleanse. You’ve got to hand it to those hazmat folks; they certainly earned their pay that day!
A Delta spokesperson later chimed in, saying, “Our teams worked as quickly and safely as possible to get our customers to their final destination. We sincerely apologize to our customers for the delay and inconvenience to their travel plans.”
The plane finally touched down in Barcelona on September 2, at 5:16 p.m. local time, leaving behind a trail of rather unforgettable memories for everyone on board.
As for the unfortunate passenger who found themselves at the center of this “explosive” incident, well, one can only imagine the thoughts racing through their head at that moment and the embarrassment they must have felt. How truly awful!
So, the next time you board a flight, remember that when it comes to in-flight emergencies, it’s not just turbulence or engine issues you have to worry about. So, practice patience and expect the unexpected. Hopefully the passengers on board exercised grace and empathy for that poor person who experienced the unthinkable.
Credited source: ABC News