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If you develop diarrhea during flight, can you stay in the lavatory during landing?

Old Jan 24, 06, 6:13 pm
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If you develop diarrhea on 14-hr flight, can you stay in the lavatory during landing?

If you develop diarrhea during flight, can you stay
in the lavatory during landing?

On a recent long 14-hour flight back to the US, a poor guy
sitting across the aisle from me started going to the lav
a LOT during the last two hours of the flight. The flight
attendants were very sympathetic, but they would not
allow the passenger to remain in the lav during the last
15 minutes prior to landing.

Yes, the guy went inside the pants just as the landing
gears came down. All the other passengers in the upper
deck tried to pretend nothing was wrong... Don't know
what happened afterwards... as all the other passengers
hurried downstairs and exited the aircraft...

My questions:

1) should the guy be allowed to stay in the lav?

2) if the cause turned out to be the airline food, is the
airline liable and what are the recourses?

3) what happens to the business class seat/cushion?
is it removed and cleaned? or is it thrown away?


Last edited by sundriedmilk; Jan 24, 06 at 6:35 pm Reason: typos
 
Old Jan 24, 06, 8:30 pm
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No you can't stay. A pax in the lav will cause an aborted landing.

Better to be safe and smelly, then out of a seat without a seat belt when the first bump of the runways throws you into the ceiling

FYI - I once ended up in the hospital with e coli a day and half after eating the salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays. The thought of a lawsuit never crossed my mind, how are you going to prove what caused your stomach problem?
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Old Jan 24, 06, 9:48 pm
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Originally Posted by sundriedmilk
My questions:

1) should the guy be allowed to stay in the lav?

2) if the cause turned out to be the airline food, is the
airline liable and what are the recourses?

3) what happens to the business class seat/cushion?
is it removed and cleaned? or is it thrown away?

In reply to your questions:

1) No, as it is dangerous for him, and for fellow passengers

2) I doubt that a passenger would go through the trouble of testing all that, and I doubt an airline would care or they wouldn't serve us food in this manor in the first place!

3) Likely thrown away (or so I hope)
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Old Jan 24, 06, 9:57 pm
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1) You have my permission

2) If other passengers experienced foodpoisoning also, you might have a good case

3) I hope it gets tossed.


Originally Posted by sundriedmilk
If you develop diarrhea during flight, can you stay
in the lavatory during landing?

On a recent long 14-hour flight back to the US, a poor guy
sitting across the aisle from me started going to the lav
a LOT during the last two hours of the flight. The flight
attendants were very sympathetic, but they would not
allow the passenger to remain in the lav during the last
15 minutes prior to landing.

Yes, the guy went inside the pants just as the landing
gears came down. All the other passengers in the upper
deck tried to pretend nothing was wrong... Don't know
what happened afterwards... as all the other passengers
hurried downstairs and exited the aircraft...

My questions:

1) should the guy be allowed to stay in the lav?

2) if the cause turned out to be the airline food, is the
airline liable and what are the recourses?

3) what happens to the business class seat/cushion?
is it removed and cleaned? or is it thrown away?

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Old Jan 24, 06, 10:39 pm
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It seems to me that the airlines should stock a few adult diapers. After all, this is a situation that could reasonably happen.
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Old Jan 25, 06, 12:14 am
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According to someone in the seat shop...the cushion would be discarded if human waste contaminated it...
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Old Jan 25, 06, 12:37 am
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Originally Posted by Canada Flyer
1) No, as it is dangerous for him, and for fellow passengers
If he's locked in the lav? Think people, think. And no he won't hit the ceiling on the first bump either - if the landing was that hard you'd probably break the gear. Get a grip.
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Old Jan 25, 06, 1:53 am
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Should have a lot of Immodium on hand as well in a case like this.

I would feel MISERABLE after a 15 hr flight with diarrhea...... like someone toss me out the door at 30k feet.
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Old Jan 25, 06, 7:10 am
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Nile river water poisoning is infamous, and common.
Would imagine this problem comes up frequently ex CAI.

Last Feb, a two ended problem developed in Italy. on the flight MXP-IAD All restrooms were filled and the doors locked by resident. A lot of seats got damaged. plane stunk to high heaven.

a good time to restore the interior of the AZ 767.
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Old Jan 25, 06, 7:13 am
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Happened to me on an ANA flight from Rome to Tokyo...luckily C was virtually empty and I swear those sweet Japanese FAs kept a lav free for me!

Happened to a buddy on China Airlines from TPE to NRT. He was in there the whole flight. I said he should apply to the airline to get a refund of the difference between C and Y. It was most probably the airline's prwn cocktail that did it....
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Old Jan 25, 06, 7:55 am
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Originally Posted by Loren Pechtel
It seems to me that the airlines should stock a few adult diapers. After all, this is a situation that could reasonably happen.
I agree. Or at least some hyper absorbent feminine hygiene towels. By not providing them the FAs have provided a disservice to everyone. The guy for the excruciating embarrassment of having soiled himself and the related dry cleaning bills (goodness knows how he'd then get home). The fellow pax for having to witness his distress (can't do much about the smell though). The poor cleaners with having to deal with the cushion. And the airline for having to stump up the fees for a replacement seat.

'Diapers', as they would be rarely used, make an incredibly cheap solution to all of this. If I was an FA I'd be sure to always have a couple to hand even if I had to pay for and provide them myself.
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Old Jan 25, 06, 9:44 am
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And the airline for having to stump up the fees for a replacement seat.

'Diapers', as they would be rarely used, make an incredibly cheap solution to all of this.

Any chance the airline will bill the passenger for the cost of a replacement seat cushion?

Some airlines do carry disposable baby diapers... not sure if that'll work in adults, but at least it's better than nothing, right?

I'm not suggesting that the guy sue the airline. However, if
it can be proven that food was the cause, shouldn't the
airline at least be morally responsible for medical costs?
For example, if there were others from the flight who have
the same symptons?

Maybe they should install seat belts in the lav and allow the
passenger to stay. Besides, it's not such a bad idea... I've
personally gone to the lav(while the seat belt light is OFF)
and experienced turbulence... Unfortunately, I was
doingt #1 at the time... so the air was off by quite a bit.
(which I cleaned up myself)
 
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1. Seriously, that room is so small that he's not going to get hurt

2. Absolutely

3. I pray it gets thrown away, but probably it will get intensely washed and reused, yuck

My friend was on a CX flight from HKG to BKK and he had a pretty bad bout of diarrhea. After his second trip to the bathroom, he asked the purser if she had any thing for a bad stomach. She said there was a bottle of Pepto around and as soon as she gave it to him, he downed the whole bottle! The purser was like, "Oh my God sir, you're going to overdose!" He said, "If you don't want that toilet smelling like that, this will help."

Needless to say, he didn't go back to the bathroom.
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Old Jan 25, 06, 6:42 pm
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I was talking about this incident with my co-worker today...
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Old Jan 25, 06, 6:55 pm
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LOL! My thoughts exactly. Yuck!
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