There's nothing quite like the strange, nowhere place that is a plane bathroom. You're jetting across the sky in a turbulent, unfamiliar tube and, although this machine has in it some semblance of your ground-level bathroom, the poop goes somewhere mysterious, the cramped space is polluted with aircraft white noise, and the tap water is an infamously questionable source of hydration. Because of this, we don't often hear of people loitering in the plane bathrooms.
Nor do we hear about people being forced to loiter in airplane bathrooms until this week, when a United Airlines flight was forced to divert to a nearby airport in order to free a passenger trapped in the bathroom.
Flight 1554 was going from Washington, DC, to San Francisco when the incident occurred. A female passenger popped into the bathroom real quick and realized real quick that she wasn't getting out anytime soon.
According to a United statement, "the lavatory door became inoperative." Ah, yes, we love a good spontaneously inoperative plane part.