But a Delta flight that was supposed to be a direct flight from New York City to Seattle encountered an unusual in-air malfunction: the bathrooms.
While en route, the flight's toilets "ceased functioning, with passengers queuing up and indicating they needed to visit the toilet", according to a Delta incident report cited by the newspaper. The plane had to go to a cargo area because there were no gates available for the plane, the New York Daily News reported.
The pilot then requested the unscheduled stop when passengers had enough and said they needed to "go really bad", the report added.
A Delta flight heading from NY to Seattle Saturday night flew hundreds of miles off path because passengers had to "go really bad", the crew reported.
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Delta says ground crews rolled a stairway to the airplane so passengers could "disembark to find relief of built-up pressures".
Billings airport director of aviation and transit Kevin Ploehn told the Billings Gazette the passengers waited inside a terminal while crews repaired the toilets, refueled the plane and prepared the flight for takeoff. Billings Logan International Airport seemed as good a place as any, apparently.
"I've heard of flights getting diverted, not here, because toilets overflowed and that blue water was rolling down the aisle", Ploehn said.