Having to use an airplane bathroom is indignity enough. Can you imagine what it would do to your self-esteem if your after-stench actually grounded an entire flight full of travelers?
Because that’s exactly what happened to some poor man or woman (though, probably a man) who was flying British Airways from London to Dubai.
It appears that about fifteen minutes into the flight, a gastroenterologically distressed passenger took an emergency trip into the small room in the back of the plane to empty the contents of their lower intestine that thing that passes for a toilet. That’s probably about seven seconds after the seatbelt light went off, so something pretty awful was probably brewing.
Shortly after the newly relieved passenger left the bathroom, his or her fellow travelers apparently started complaining to the crew about an ungodly rank odor emanating from bathroom. The complaints were so insistent and numerous that the captain was forced to make an 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 fecal excrement, those are the words he used. He said it’s not a technical fault with the plane, and he was very adamant about that.”
Imagine being the offending pooper and hearing that message. I’d probably just open the emergency door and try to escape into the stratosphere.
The crew never was able to adequately clean out the bathroom, and they couldn’t have customers breathing noxious effluvia for seven hours, so the captain decided to turn the plane around— turn the plane around!!! —over Germany and take everyone back to Heathrow Airport.
The next flight to Dubai wasn’t for another 15 hours, so British Airways wound up giving everyone onboard food vouchers and putting them up in nearby hotels.
All because one person dropped some remarkably foul heat.
h/t Daily Mail