By Milcah Tanimu
In an unexpected incident on September 1, a Delta Air Lines flight en route from Atlanta to Barcelona had to reverse its course due to a passenger experiencing diarrhea. The Airbus A350, initially carrying 336 passengers, departed as scheduled but was compelled to return over central Virginia due to the issue. A pilot on DL 194 flight communicated with air traffic control, categorizing the situation as a “biohazard issue” linked to a passenger’s diarrhea.
The Airbus 350 eventually landed back at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, slightly over two hours after its departure. This incident resulted in a delay of just over eight hours for the flight. However, the aircraft safely reached Barcelona on September 2, at 5:16 p.m. local time, without further complications.
Delta issued an apology to its passengers for the inconvenience caused by the delay and highlighted the swift and safe efforts of their teams to ensure the travelers reached their intended destination.
This occurrence adds to a series of unusual disruptions in air travel this summer, with instances of passengers encountering uncleaned seats and bodily fluids on prior flights. Notably, Air Canada issued an apology when passengers were directed to sit in inadequately cleaned seats exposed to vomit during a previous flight between Las Vegas and Montreal on August 26. Furthermore, a traveler on an Air France flight from Paris to Toronto in June reported discovering their seat’s footwell wet with a previous passenger’s blood and diarrhea, leading to an unpleasant experience throughout the flight.