A Delta flight made an emergency landing on Saturday when all bathrooms stopped working.
The Boeing 757 had to divert roughly 200 miles after its toilets stopped working and passengers basically couldn't hold it the rest of the way. Because a gate wasn't available, the airplane taxied to a cargo area, where a stairway was rolled to the airplane so passengers could "disembark to find relief of built-up pressures", the Aviation Herald reported.
Cabin crew could have taken the "parent on a road trip" route, which would involve making sure everybody went to the bathroom before taking off cause it's six hours to Seattle and we aren't stopping.
There were several "passengers that needed to find a lavatory very urgently", the report stated.
The passengers were let off the plane to relieve themselves and remained grounded for nearly 3 hours.
Ground crew members in Billings led the passengers into the airport terminal, Kevin Ploehn, the airport's director, told the Billings Gazette.
The plane's toilets were serviced during the unscheduled stop and the vehicle was refueled so it could take off once the passengers were back aboard.
Past year an OpenSkies transatlantic flight from just outside NY to Paris was diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland after a "serious problem" with the Boeing 767's aircraft rendered them unusable. "That can't be very pleasant". The plane arrived in Seattle three and a half hours after they were scheduled to arrive.