Can you imagine being told that you have to go to the bathroom – or hold it for 7 hours on a flight across the Atlantic?! Plus, if there was a need to go mid-flight, they may need a diversion?
Passengers Told to go to the Bathroom Before 7 Hour Flight
This is what happened for a United Airlines flight (UA37) – a Boeing 757-200 – a couple of weeks ago from Edinburgh to Newark. It turns out that the trucks that were supposed to empty the half-full toilets on the plane were actually frozen so they couldn’t empty the toilets.
As a result, according to the Scotsman, an announcement was made in the terminal that said, “If anyone needs the bathroom, please us the bathroom before boarding the aircraft. This will [allow] us to get to Newark without having to divert. The lavatories are half full, so we are asking customers if they need the bathroom, to use the bathroom now before we actually board.”
Yikes! When I was younger, I used to see how many flights in a row I could go without getting up at all during the flight. The longest for me was a 10 hour flight and I had gone something like 50 flights in a row without needing to get up. But, that was a choice! I cannot imagine being told that it is not an option to use the bathrooms mid-flight!
I mean, have you seen the line for bathrooms after the meal service? Imagine all of those people being told that they couldn’t relieve themselves!
This wasn’t really on United as it was Swissport that was the ground management team in Edinburgh. United said in a statement later that “Prior to the departure of United flight 37 (Edinburgh – New York/Newark) today, frozen and inoperable equipment caused a flight delay. The flight eventually departed Edinburgh Airport at 10:57am (local time).”
That flight delay was caused because they were actually able to get the toilets emptied and functioning again before the flight departed so it all worked out well in the end. I cannot imagine the angst of many passengers at the thought of having to make a 7 hour journey without the option to use the restroom. Plus, being told anything about a possible diversion otherwise? On the route from Scotland to the US? 🙂
I kept forgetting to post about this before when I noticed it and thought I would get it done now during the holiday break time! I love flying but this was a flight I was glad I was not on!