NEW DELHI: The wait for a long flight to land could never have been more desperate than for the almost 340 people on board Air India’s Delhi-Chicago nonstop on Saturday. A Boeing 777 was released for the 16-hour journey with four toilets closed before take off itself and ALL the remaining eight others also packing up by the time it was a good two hours away from the destination! The condition of passengers on the aircraft – that had 324 adults and seven infants as passengers apart from 16 crew members – was understandably bad as the plane had taken off at 2 am in the morning from Delhi. A hearty breakfast, full meal and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages were served during the course of the flight. First there were long queues at the eight operational toilets and then there were no queues as all the lavs were unusable!
Things got so bad that hectic parleys went on between the cockpit and AI operations whether it should divert to Toronto. It was decided that the plane will continue to its destination where it landed with the toilets closed and most on board holding on to their full bladders and stomach!
All those on board – passengers and crew – then had no option but to just hold tight and wait for the plane to land at Chicago O’Hare Airport to get access to toilets.
AI has now decided that it will not release an aircraft for a full passenger-load long flight ever again in the future. “It was a learning for us. Airlines in some parts of the world, including India, face the issue of passengers flushing all kinds of stuff in toilets that leads to choking,” said the official.
Courtesy : Times of India