Emergency Landing After Passenger's Diarrhoea Creates 'biohazard'

06 September 2023 Travel

An emergency landing was made by a Delta flight bound for Barcelona after a passenger had diarrhea. The Airbus A350 aircraft was two hours into its journey from Atlanta, on Friday, when the pilot was left with no other option but to return because the passenger's diarrhea was "all the way through the plane.”

Air traffic control records from LiveATC.com indicate that the pilot called the situation a "biohazard issue."

“There was a passenger who had diarrhoea all the way through the flight, so they want us to return to Atlanta,” the pilot said in a post shared on X (formerly Twitter).

According to FlightRadar 24, as soon as the plane landed back in Atlanta, the airline deployed a team to thoroughly clean the aircraft.

The flight wasn't cancelled, and it took off again at 3am, roughly five hours after landing. The plane landed in Barcelona at 5:10pm after an 8-hour and 13-minute flight, the report added.

Unknown is the identity of the passenger and whether s/he was on board the flight that touched down the next day in Spain.

As Fox 35 Orlando reported, Delta acknowledged the "medical event" and said their teams worked safely and quickly to clean the aircraft and get their customers to their destinations.

"We apologize to our customers for the delay and inconvenience caused to their travel plans," the airline said.

In the past few days, there have been two incidents involving Delta flights. Last Tuesday, at least 11 people, including crew members and passengers, had to be hospitalised after their plane was hit by severe turbulence. The flight, carrying 151 passengers, hit "severe turbulence" before landing safely at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, a Delta spokesperson told Insider.

"About 12 people had head injuries. Several flight attendants, too. A bunch of blood and awfulness," an unnamed passenger told Fox 5 Atlanta.

“My fiancee and I are so freaked out that we are renting a car and driving to our final destination instead,” the passenger said.


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