Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
Delta flight takes unplanned potty break in Billings
topical

Delta flight takes unplanned potty break in Billings

{{featured_button_text}}
Delta flight path

A direct Delta flight from New York City to Seattle on Saturday night made an unplanned stop in Billings for what several passengers considered an emergency — a potty break.

A direct Delta flight from New York City to Seattle on Saturday night made an unplanned stop in Billings for what several passengers considered an emergency — a potty break.

While enroute, the Boeing 757’s toilets “ceased functioning, with passengers queuing up and indicating they needed to visit the toilet,” according to a Delta incident report.

On a good day, the coast-to-coast flight can take about six hours.

“All toilets were full and passengers needed to ‘go really bad,’ " the report states.

So the flight, traveling near the Canadian border, diverted hundreds of miles south to Billings where it landed about 6 p.m.

But, because a gate was not available, the airplane had to taxi to a cargo area where pilots were again told there were several “passengers that needed to find a lavatory very urgently.”

Ground crews rolled a stairway to the airplane so passengers could “disembark to find relief of built-up pressures,” the Delta report said.

Kevin Ploehn, the Billings director of aviation and transit, said ground crews escorted the passengers safely into the terminal where they could do their business and wait while the plane’s toilets were serviced. The plane was also refueled so it could take off again, he said.

Flights do get diverted to Billings Logan International Airport occasionally, but not normally to answer the call of nature.

“I’ve heard of flights getting diverted, not here, because toilets overflowed and that blue water was rolling down the aisle,” Ploehn said. “That can’t be very pleasant.”

53
210
47
19
33

Get local news delivered to your inbox!

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

  • Updated

Billings Gazette chief photographer Larry Mayer is also a pilot. Here are photos he has tweeted from the cockpit, high above Montana. For more…

President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation to scale back two sprawling national monuments in Utah, pledging to "reverse federal overreach and restore the rights of this land to your citizens." Trump made his plans official during a speech at the state Capitol, where he was cheered by Republican leaders who lobbied him to undo protections they contend are overly broad and close off the area to energy development. Environmental and tribal groups plan to sue to preserve the monuments.

President Donald Trump this year ordered U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct an unprecedented review of 27 monuments established by former presidents on lands and waters revered for their natural beauty and historical significance. Trump announced Monday that he will shrink two Utah monuments, but he hasn't revealed his decision on the others yet.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Breaking News