Disgusting: Diarrhea All Over Aircraft Causes Delta Flight to Divert

by Anthony Losanno

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Delta Air Lines flight DL194 from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) was forced to return to Atlanta after only flying for less than two hours due to a biohazard in the cabin. What exactly was the concern? Apparently, a passenger had “diarrhea all over the aircraft.”

One of the pilots told air traffic control:

It’s a biohazard issue. We’ve got a passenger who’s had diarrhea all the way through the airplane so they (Delta) want us to come back to Atlanta.”


The Airbus A350-900 made a loop back to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and passengers were deplaned around 10:52 PM.

DL194 Delay

The plane was then thoroughly cleaned and departed again around 2:57 AM. This made the flight over eight hours delayed. It arrived into Barcelona around 5:10 PM.

Anthony’s Take: This passenger must have been having quite a bad case to not be able to make it to a lavatory and have to go down the aisle en route. I feel sorry for everyone involved as this was not a situation that anyone wanted to be in.

(H/T: Paddle Your Own Kanoo.)

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1 comment

ann September 9, 2023 - 7:47 pm

This story gives new meaning to the words Shit Happens.


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