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January 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Passengers forced to hold it on Seattle-Toronto flight

Flying is almost always a pain these days.

But pity the poor passengers on an Air Canada nonstop from Seattle to Toronto earlier this month on which all the toilets broke down midflight. There the passengers sat, legs crossed, regretting that extra cup of coffee on the early-morning flight, said one of my relatives who was aboard.

The plane was granted priority landing for an unscheduled stop at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, and passengers sprinted off the truly fully-loaded plane to the terminal’s restrooms.

The plane’s balky toilets were fixed, and passengers reboarded and got to Toronto several hours late.

Wouldn’t you think that the airline would offer them a voucher for the inconvenience? Or even just free drinks once back aboard (with the toilets working).

Nope, nothing. Just memories of a squirming flight and a bathroom-emergency landing at O’Hare that must have had air-traffic controllers chuckling.

Comments | Topics: Air Canada, blocked toilets, emergency landing

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