A Delta flight, travelling from Atlanta to Barcelona on Friday, had to make an emergency landing due to a passenger suffering from severe diarrhea on the plane.
The pilot, while speaking to the air traffic control, described the situation as a “biohazard issue,” citing that a passenger had experienced diarrhea throughout the airplane.
“This is a biohazard issue. We’ve had a passenger who had diarrhea all the way through the airplane, so they want us to come back to Atlanta,” the pilot said, as per an audio clip shared on LiveATC.com.
The aircraft was two hours into the trans-Atlantic journey when the pilot requested permission to return to Atlanta due to the unexpected biohazard situation, according to the New York Post.
The conversation, recorded from LiveATC.com, was later shared on social media platforms such as X (formerly Twitter).
Following the incident, passengers and crew were transferred, and the flight eventually reached Barcelona the next day.
The Delta plane’s arrival in Spain was delayed by about eight hours, as per data from Flightradar24.
It remains unclear whether the passenger who caused the incident was on board when the plane finally landed in Spain.
Delta officials confirmed the occurrence of a “medical issue” on the plane, according to a report by Insider. They said that the plane was “thoroughly” cleaned after the incident.
However, they did not provide further details regarding the specific medical condition involved.
“Our teams worked as quickly and safely as possible to thoroughly clean the airplane and get our customers to their final destination,” a Delta spokesperson said, as quoted by Insider.