August 31, 2009

Clogged toilets delay flight 10 hours

Biman Bangladesh Airlines said a flight from the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, to London was delayed for 10 hours due to clogged toilets.

Airline officials said workers spent two hours Sunday clearing the plane's five toilets, which were clogged with paper cups and other garbage flushed by passengers, and the flight was delayed by a further eight hours to comply with a night flight ban at London's Heathrow Airport, the BBC reported Monday.

Passengers threw bottles, cups, tissue papers and female sanitary napkins into all five toilets of the Biman aircraft, said Wing Commander Asaduzzaman, director of engineering for the carrier. This solid material blocked the toilets and there was a jumble in the pneumatic toilet suction system. It was a passenger-created problem. There was no mechanical fault.