A Jet2 plane from the Canary Islands to Manchester steered off course to mainland Spain to allow passengers to use the loo.
Flight LS782 from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria departed at 5:03 p.m., one hour late for the 1,878-mile journey to Manchester.
The Airbus A321, carrying 200 passengers, flew its normal course over the Atlantic, southern Portugal and western Spain, but before reaching the north coast, the flight took an unexpected turn east to fly two loops before landing in Bilbao.
An aviation account on TwitterFlight distress call, tweeted: “Jet2 flight LS782 en route from Gran Canaria to Manchester has just been diverted to Bilbao because the toilets on board were broken and the passengers could use the toilet.”
According to Simple Flying, the Airbus A321 is equipped with four toilets.
The Federal Aviation Administration appears to be including regulations that only require working lavatories in some cases, but allow airlines to choose whether to fly planes with defective lavatories.
Flight LS782 landed at the Spanish airport at 19:11 GMT and stayed there for almost two hours.
flight emergency then tweeted: “Bladders emptied, LS782 is on its way again.”
Passengers finally made it back to Manchester two hours later at 23:01. However, under European air passenger rights, you cannot claim compensation for the delay.
The diversion will cost Jet2 thousands of pounds in additional fuel costs and airport handling fees.
A Jet2 spokesman said: “Flight LS782 from Gran Canaria to Manchester was diverted to Bilbao yesterday to allow the toilet tank to be emptied. Customers stayed on board before the flight departed back to Manchester.
“As an award-winning airline, the comfort and well-being of our customers is of the utmost importance to us, however we apologize for any inconvenience.”
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