After repercussions on social media, the story of a plane that had to turn back due to a passenger having a bout of diarrhea, a video clip of the state the plane was in spread. It is possible to see in the pictures that almost the entire length of the corridor is dirty with excrement.
The case occurred last Friday (the first), on a flight that left Atlanta in the United States bound for Barcelona, Spain. The plane had already flown for two hours, when the pilots decided to return to the airport with the justification of the “biological risk”:
“Diverting the plane to Atlanta,” the pilot of Flight DL194 said in a text message to air traffic control. “Passenger diarrhea all over the plane. Biological hazard.” The other pilot reported the same situation over air traffic radio: “It’s just a biological issue, we had a passenger who had diarrhea the entire flight on the plane, so they want us to go back to Atlanta.”
According to the passengers, the flight attendants tried to soften the smell with vanilla extract, but the measure wasn’t enough. It is also possible in the video to note that papers were placed in an attempt to cover the wishes, but to no avail. People even approved of the Flyers’ decision to return to Atlanta:
“My partner was on that flight! (formerly Twitter), Dee W.
Another passenger praised the plane’s clean-up process, saying the “pilots made the right decision” because “it was a mess.” He also said that the team had to remove carpeting from the plane and install new carpeting.
Upon her return to the airport at around 10:00 pm, the plane was greeted by emergency vehicles and the paramedics rescued the sick passenger. The flight was able to take off again at 3 am, about six hours later than scheduled. The passengers arrived in Barcelona eight hours late.
The airline responsible for the flight, Delta Air Lines, acknowledged that the flight experienced an “unexpected medical event” but did not share details about the condition of the ill passenger.
“Our teams worked as quickly and safely as possible to thoroughly clean the aircraft and get our customers to their final destination. We sincerely apologize to our customers for the delay and inconvenience to their travel plans,” the company said in a statement.
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