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Delta Flight Forced To Make Emergency Landing Due To Passenger's Diarrhea

A Delta flight traveling from Atlanta to Barcelona was forced to turn around two hours into its journey after a passenger's diarrhea was deemed a 'biohazard issue' by the pilot.

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A Delta Airlines airbus that departed Atlanta en route to Barcelona, Spain, was forced to turn back due to a passenger who had severe diarrhea "all the way through the plane."

According to the Huffington Post, Friday's transatlantic Flight DL194 made an emergency landing two hours after its departure due to what the pilot identified as “an onboard medical issue."

A recording taken from of the pilot telling the air traffic controller was shared on X (formerly Twitter.)

They were heard verbalizing:

“This is a biohazard issue."
“We’ve had a passenger who’s had diarrhea all the way through the airplane, so they want us to come back to Atlanta.”

You can hear the audio in the post below.

The post also included a photo of flight transcripts.


A social media user who was on the same flight agreed that the plane making a U-turn was the right call.

"Both my wife and I were on the flight. It was a mess."
"The pilots made the right decision to turn around. The ground crew ripped out the carpet and put new in."
"Considering the circumstances, the ground crew did a great job, along the attendants and the pilots."

Official footage of the mud pool was also posted for those requiring a visual.

In the clip, the camera panned down the aisle of the abandoned aircraft revealing a trail of fecal matter soaking through the blue carpet, with some paper towels scattered around in an attempt to mitigate the sewage catastrophe.

Warning: diarrhea spillage.

The internet dry-heaved.

Thoughts and prayers were given to those who had to deal with the aftermath.

The passengers and crew were transferred and DL194 finally arrived in Barcelona the next day at 5:10 p.m., eight hours after the scheduled arrival time.

The aircraft went through a thorough scrubbing, and it went into operation on another flight, according to flight transcripts.

A Delta spokesperson issued a statement, saying:

“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 name of the passenger and the nature of their medical issue were not released.