What happens when you just cannot hold it, but defy FAs in using the lavatory?
On my way back from Hawaii, the man across the aisle from me simply could not hold it. At least that’s what he said.
We had pushed back from the gate at HNL and FAs had almost finished the safety demonstration.
Suddenly, the man bolted from his seat. A FA yelled at him to sit down, but he shook his head and said, “I must use the lavatory NOW”. The FA responded that we were about to takeoff, but the man just brushed past her and into the lavatory.
She rolled her eyes and picked up the phone. I could not hear the conversation, but figured she was either asking the captain to return to the gate or letting the purser or flight deck know there was a passenger in the lavatory.
The plane stopped.
About a minute later, the man came out and ran back to his seat.
Now came the moment of truth. Would we return to the gate?
Nope. We took off. The rest of the flight was uneventful.
But should the man have been removed? He defied a FA. He could have put others at risk had the plane really been about to takeoff. Finally, his bathroom break could have potentially cost us our takeoff slot and delayed everyone onboard. Thankfully Honolulu just isn’t as busy.
I’m reluctantly of the opinion that the man just had to use the loo…he meant no harm. But you can bet United would have been blamed (rightfully so) had this man created a bigger disturbance later in the air.
When something similar happened on British Airways, an 87-year-old listened to the FA, returned to her seat, suffered an accident, and sat in wet clothes for 10 hours. I think this was a better outcome.
Should there be any consequences when nature calls and a passenger simply cannot wait even longer?
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