A Delta flight was forced to turn back after a passenger suffered diarrhea “all the way down the plane.”
The flight from Atlanta to Barcelona was two hours into its journey on Friday night when the pilot asked if he could turn back.
In a video from LiveATC.com, posted on X (formerly known as Twitter), one of the pilots can be heard confirming the incident to air traffic control, saying: “It's just a biohazard thing, we had a passenger who had diarrhea the whole way on the plane so they want us to return to Atlanta.”
Flight 194 had to make a decisive U-turn to its departure destination as it was deemed a “biohazard” by the crew to continue the journey.
The plane returned to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at 10:40 p.m. to clean up the diarrhea on the plane.
More than five hours later, at 3 a.m., the plane took off again for Barcelona on an eight-hour flight.
A User X commented below the posted clip and claimed that both he and his wife were on that flight. He said: “My wife and I were both on the flight. It was a mess. The pilots made the right decision to turn around. The ground crew tore up the carpet and put in a new one. Considering the conditions, the ground crew did a great job, together [with] the attendants and the pilots”.
Another user also heard stories by his partner who was traveling in Barcelona that day, who described the scene as “very bad”. He said: “He was dribbling down the corridor, smelling horrible. The vanilla scented sanitizer used on it made it smell like vanilla s***. After the plane landed, it was thoroughly cleaned. They didn't leave until 2.30 in the morning.”
It is not known if the passenger with the medical problem returned to the flight to Spain after the diversion.
Delta Air Lines, without going into details, responded to the situation and said: “Our teams worked as quickly and safely as possible to thoroughly clean the plane and get our customers to their final destination. We sincerely apologize to our customers for the delay and inconvenience to their travel plans,” Delta wrote in a statement.
Last week, 11 passengers and crew were also hospitalized after severe turbulence on a Delta flight from Milan to Atlanta, the airline said.