In a rather unusual turn of events, a Delta flight bound for Barcelona from Atlanta was forced to make an unexpected U-turn due to a biohazard incident caused by a passenger’s severe bout of diarrhea. The incident, which took place on Friday, has since garnered significant media attention and has been the subject of much discussion online.
The flight, identified as Delta Flight 194, was approximately two hours into its journey when the pilot made the decision to return to Atlanta. Audio recordings from the cockpit, shared on various platforms, reveal the pilot’s succinct explanation to air traffic control: “Divert to ATL. Passenger diarrhea all over aircraft. Biohazard.”
A Delta Airlines Airbus A350 turned around back to Atlanta Friday night because of diarrhea throughout the airplane from a passenger and it’s a biohazard. 👀🥴
— Thenewarea51 (@thenewarea51) September 3, 2023
Footage that surfaced on social media platforms, particularly a video shared on Tuesday, showcased the aftermath of the incident. The video depicted a trail of liquid feces running down the aisle of the aircraft. Following the incident, it took cleanup crews a commendable five hours to thoroughly clean and sanitize the jet. The cleanup operation involved replacing the sodden carpets entirely. Passengers on board, numbering 336, had to wait for hours before they could continue their journey to Barcelona. Despite the extensive cleanup, many passengers commended the crew’s efficiency and noted that the aircraft seemed even cleaner during the subsequent flight.
Delta Airlines, in a statement to the media, confirmed the incident, describing it as an “unexpected medical event.” The airline expressed its commitment to passenger safety and comfort, stating, “Our teams worked as quickly and safely as possible to thoroughly clean the airplane and get our customers to their final destination. We sincerely apologize to our customers for the delay and inconvenience to their travel plans.”
The incident has elicited a range of reactions from the public, with many expressing sympathy for the affected passenger and admiration for the swift response of the airline staff. However, some have also taken to social media platforms to make light of the situation, sharing memes and jokes about the unexpected turn of events.
In addition to the cleanup, emergency vehicles were present on the ground upon the plane’s return to Atlanta. The affected passenger was promptly attended to by emergency medical teams.