A Delta Airbus A350 had already been in the for two hours on its way from Georgia to Spain when the pilot made the decision to turn back due to the explosive situation unfolding onboard. Here’s the story.
The Flight Had to “Run” Back to Atlanta
A Delta flight heading for Barcelona from Atlanta encountered an unexpected and rather unusual inflight emergency that required an emergency landing.
The incident involved a passenger who, as reported by air traffic control, “had diarrhea all the way through the airplane.” This situation, deemed a biohazard issue, led to the Airbus A350 aircraft making a hasty return to Atlanta.
2 Hours Into Flight
The Airbus A350 had already been in the air for about 2 hours on its way from Georgia to Spain when the pilot made the decision to turn back due to the situation.
The pilot’s communication with air traffic control, captured and shared from LiveATC.com, detailed the unusual circumstances.
Return to Base
“This is a biohazard issue. We’ve had a passenger who’s had diarrhea all the way through the airplane, so they want us to come back to Atlanta,” the pilot conveyed.
It remains unclear whether the passenger who had the “tummy” had been allowed to reboard when the flight eventually touched down in Spain.
A Reddit post included an alleged Federal Aviation Authority flight strip, confirming the presence of a “biohazard” situation on the plane.
Atlanta Crews Clean Up
Further reports said that cleaning crews efficiently and thoroughly sanitized the aircraft upon its return to Atlanta.
Flight records show that the plane was later used for another flight, assuring passengers of its cleanliness.
Humorous Reader Reactions
When the story broke the reactions on X (formerly Twitter) and other outlets were as you might expect.
A user who claimed to have been on the flight wrote: “My partner was on that flight! It was pretty bad. It was dribbled down the aisle, smelled horrible. The vanilla scented disinfectant used on it only made it smell like vanilla poop. After the plane landed, it was thoroughly cleaned. They didn’t leave until around 2:30 am.”
Was Joe Biden on the Plane?
There were the Biden references. Users wrote:
“This happens on Air Force One all the time but it’s covered up.”
“Joe Biden flying Delta…Go figure.”
Open the Windows!
“Just open the windows for Pete’s sake!”
“Did the oxygen masks deploy”
“Flight DL194, you’re number 2 for landing.”
“I wonder if the pilot declared a ‘code brown’ in accordance with FAA regulations.”
“Oh no. I feel so sorry for the poor soul. Suffering from IBS, I can and do sympathize. A pure nightmare. He/she must be so embarrassed.”
New Carpet Needed
“Both my wife and I were on the flight. It was a mess. The pilots made the right decision to turn around. The ground crew ripped out the carpet and put new in.
Clean up Win
Considering the circumstances, the ground crew did a great job, along with the attendants and the pilots.”
Medical Issue Apologies
Delta Airlines acknowledged the incident, categorizing it as a “medical issue” that necessitated the aircraft’s redirection to Atlanta for cleaning purposes.
However, the airline did not provide specific details regarding the nature of the medical incident. A spokesperson for Delta expressed apologies to passengers for the delay and any inconvenience experienced during their travel.
Not a Good Week for Delta
Delta Airlines passengers experienced an eventful week in the skies. In another incident, a flight en route to Milan, Italy, was redirected to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on August 29 due to severe turbulence. This turbulence resulted in injuries to 11 passengers.
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