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"Smelly Poo" Forces Flight Diversion

Published On 03/16/2015 Published On 03/16/2015

As gross as it is, you can’t blame a dog or even an emotional support pig for pooping all over a plane. They're animals. But what happens when a person is responsible for causing a colossal in-flight stink? Well, passengers on board a British Airways flight found out the hard way: the plane turns around.

The stinker allegedly dropped around 30 minutes into a Dubai-bound flight on March 12, when a foul odor from an overflowing toilet forced the captain to call for senior cabin crew assistance. But seeing how flight attendants aren’t trained plumbers, they couldn’t fix the toilet leaking poop everywhere.

After approx. 10 minutes, the captain made a second announcement. “He said you may have noticed there’s a quite pungent smell coming from one of the toilets,” passenger Abhishek Sachdev told the Daily Mail. “He said it was liquid faecal excrement, those are the words he used." For those not fluent in British spelling and terminology: it was poop.

The plane subsequently returned to Heathrow Airport, and passengers were told there'd be a three-hour wait before they could board another flight, though that ultimately became a 15-hour delay. Talk about a waste of everyone’s time...

Passengers finally boarded flight no. 2 on Friday at 1pm, and arrived in Dubai without any smelly interruptions.

British Airways issued a flushed statement about the backed-up flight. “We're very sorry for the discomfort to our customers,” a spokesperson told the Daily Mail. “We provided them with hotel accommodation and rescheduled the flight to depart the next day," the spokesperson added.

But Sachdev said the airline’s ground crew wasn’t helpful, and merely instructed fliers to get in touch with the Civil Aviation Authority to get their money back.

Either way, everyone's time and patience went right down the toilet.


Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.

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