Delta plane diverted hundreds of miles for potty break

No bathroom break there were no toilets on board the Delta flight available for passengers

It just normally doesn't happen thousands of feet in the air.

It's about six hours from NY to Seattle via plane, which was too long, recently, for a Delta 757 that had to make an emergency stop in Billings on Saturday night.

The Delta flight from JFK to Seattle was supposed to land in Seattle and it was supposed to take about six hours.

While enroute, the Boeing 757's toilets "ceased functioning, with passengers queuing up and indicating they needed to visit the toilet", according to a Delta incident report. Instead, they decided to make a sharp left turn and head hundreds of miles south to Billings Logan International Airport. The airport grounds crew rolled a stairway over to the plane and escorted passengers into terminal where they could "find relief of built-up pressures".

The plane's toilets were serviced during the unscheduled stop and the vehicle was refueled so it could take off once the passengers were back aboard.

A Delta spokesman said in a statement that the flight landed "without incident" and that the issue was resolved before the plane took off for Seattle.

The Billings Gazette reports that the direct flight diverted hundreds of kilometres south on Saturday (Sunday NZT) to make the emergency bathroom stop.

"I've heard of flights getting diverted, not here, because toilets overflowed and that blue water was rolling down the aisle", Ploehn said.



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