Passengers aboard an EasyJet flight were forced to disembark after an individual apparently defecated on the bathroom floor. The flight from the Spanish island of Tenerife to London Gatwick was delayed by several hours.

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A Problematic Flight

CNN Travel interviewed Aaran Gedhu, a passenger on the problematic flight, who shared that the troubles began before departure when the original aircraft was replaced with a smaller one, resulting in some passengers being denied boarding. Eventually, those who managed to board had to endure a wait of over an hour on the tarmac while excess baggage was offloaded due to the aircraft's weight.

“EasyJet planes, as they are, just aren’t very comfortable – it’s just a basic seat with okayish legroom room. So everyone was just a bit tense. Then, the pilot finally gave the all clear, and then he said that it would be about 20 minutes until departure," recalled Gedhu. "And that’s when the incident happened with the defecation.”

The already-frustrated passengers were further agitated as the delay continued, and Gedhu described the atmosphere on the overcrowded flight as one of "tension and outrage."

Finding Out About The Poo

It was later discovered that someone had defecated on the bathroom floor, resulting in an unpleasant odor permeating the plane. Despite the unsettling incident, Gedhu revealed that many passengers perceived it as a mere mistake and chose not to dwell on it.

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No one was happy about this situation, said Gedhu, but he says most believed the incident was an “accident.”

“Everyone was being polite to each other. There was no fighting among the passengers. It was just a very uncomfortable experience. Obviously, the plane was in an unsanitary state. So they had to get external cleaners out from the airport to clean it. So that’s when the stairs reconnected, and the cleaners came on to deep clean the flooring.” -Gedhu

During the cleaning process, Gedhu instructed the passengers to remain seated. Following this, the captain made an announcement stating that all occupants of the aircraft would have to disembark. (Video Below)

Getting Everyone Off The Plane

According to Gedhu, it took an additional half hour before the passengers were able to disembark the plane. He shared that he was accommodated in a hotel that was roughly a 45-minute drive from the airport and had to wait for a special "rescue" flight the next day.

EasyJet confirmed that the delays encountered on October 15th during the flight EZY8054 were due to "safety reasons."

EasyJet said if a statement, “Some bags were offloaded to be carried on the next available flight for safety reasons, due to the aircraft being overweight... The flight was subsequently delayed overnight due to the aircraft requiring additional cleaning,” the statement continues... We provided hotel accommodation for all customers however as there was limited nearby hotel availability in the area we also advised any customers who booked their own that they will be reimbursed... The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority and while this was outside of our control we would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience caused.”

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