A direct flight from NY to Seattle become indirect when the toilets stopped working and the plane had to stop in Montana for a bathroom break.
The Delta flight's toilets "ceased functioning, with passengers queuing up and indicating they needed to visit the toilet", said the incident report. There weren't any available gates at the airport, so the plane had to taxi to the cargo area.
The Aviation Herald reports the flight landed in Billings about 30 minutes after the decision was made to head there, and the plane didn't resume its journey for another three hours, making for a total delay of 3.5 hours.
A Delta flight had to make an emergency landing in Montana to provide passengers with some much needed relief..
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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.
Once on the ground, the pilots escorted the passengers to the terminals where they could answer nature's call in peace and dignity while the toilets were repaired inside the plane. Billings Logan International Airport seemed as good a place as any, apparently.
The aircraft was also said to have been refueled so it could take off again, Ploehn said. "That can't be very pleasant".