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United Airlines Flight Diverted After Passenger Gets Stuck In Toilet For An Hour

Rebecca Shepherd

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United Airlines Flight Diverted After Passenger Gets Stuck In Toilet For An Hour

A United Airlines flight heading for San Francisco was diverted to Denver when a passenger got stuck inside the bathroom for an hour.

Flight 1554 left Washington D.C. on Wednesday evening at 5:37pm and nearly two hours into the journey it was grounded in a bid to rescue the trapped woman from the toilet.


The door became jammed shut and no one on board could open it to release the passenger meaning that she was in there for some time.


Jennifer Gettman who was on board the flight told CBS that the plane's pilot came over the loudspeaker, telling them: "In case you guys haven't heard the rumour, we are going to be landing in Denver because someone locked themselves in the bathroom.

"And of course we're not going to make her stay in the bathroom until San Francisco."

When the plane landed, a number of firefighters from Denver boarded the plane to get the woman out. One can be overheard telling her: "Ma'am, we're just working on opening up your door at the moment, ma'am. We'll get you out soon - ok?"

The workers can be seen trying to release the woman. Credit: ABC
The workers can be seen trying to release the woman. Credit: ABC

Jennifer Gettman said: "Fire, police, someone had a big pickaxe thing and they managed to get the door open after about 10 minutes. Everyone clapped, the woman came out, they all felt very bad for her... She seemed fine. I mean, I don't know how she was with landing in the bathroom. But she was fine."

According to the MailOnline, Taylor Kimber tweeted: "Well folks it's never a dull moment on @united, we have to make an 'emergency landing' in Denver because a passenger got stuck in the bathroom. You can't make this up...also the Wi-Fi is crappy and there is no way for me to charge my phone, happy travels."

In a statement to the publication, United Airlines said: "Flight 1554 from Washington D.C. to San Francisco diverted to Denver to assist a customer who was in the lavatory when the lavatory door became inoperative.

"The passenger was safely removed from the lavatory after landing, and customers have since continued on to their destination on a new aircraft.


"We are reaching out to all the customers onboard and the customer in the lavatory to apologise."

The flight eventually took off again from Denver to land in San Francisco at around 11:15pm.

Featured Image Credit: ABC

Topics: Airport, News, US News, Weird

Rebecca Shepherd
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