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A direct Delta flight flying from New York City to Seattle over the weekend actually had to make an unplanned stop in Billings so people could do a number one (and probably a number two). It seems like while in the air, the Boeing 757’s toilets “ceased functioning,” and because of that there were a lot of full bladders on the flight.
“All toilets were full and passengers needed to ‘go really bad,’ ” the Delta flight report states. So the flight, which was supposed to take around six hours, had to make a quick pee stop.
The flight, traveling near the Canadian border, diverted hundreds of miles south to Billings where it landed about 6 p.m. But, because a gate was not available, the airplane had to taxi to a cargo area where pilots were again told there were several “passengers that needed to find a lavatory very urgently.”
Ground crews rolled a stairway to the airplane so passengers could “disembark to find relief of built-up pressures,” the Delta report said.
Kevin Ploehn, the Billings director of aviation and transit, said ground crews escorted the passengers safely into the terminal where they could do their business and wait while the plane’s toilets were serviced. The plane was also refueled so it could take off again, he said.
“I’ve heard of flights getting diverted, not here, because toilets overflowed and that blue water was rolling down the aisle,” Ploehn said. “That can’t be very pleasant.”
So yes, it’s 2017 and some planes still haven’t figured out how to keep their toilets working. They should have complementary diapers at least. Then again, they charge you for a shitty pair of headphones so who knows how much they would charge you for a good old diaper.