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Broken Bathrooms Force Hawaii-Bound Plane to Land in LA

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 08, 2015

Broken Bathrooms Force Hawaii-Bound Plane to Land in LA

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A non-stop flight to Hawaii should be a dream come true for most passengers, but a flight en route to the island state was forced to make a surprise landing Sunday when the toilets onboard failed to work.

According to the Associated Press, American Airlines Flight 005, carrying 212 passengers and 10 crew, was heading to Honolulu, Hawaii from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas when three of the six toilets on board the plane malfunctioned.

Instead of continuing on the 8.5-hour journey, the Boeing 767-300 was forced to land at Los Angeles International Airport where personnel repaired the broken lavatories.

The plane landed in Southern California around noon on Sunday and departed once again from LAX 2.5 hours later. 

Out-of-service toilets happen from time-to-time on airliners, witness the two incidences covered by TravelPulse’s Rich Thomaselli in May. Not only did an aircraft in Europe depart for a three-hour flight from Spain to London without toilet paper, but a plane heading from New York to Chicago also was forced to fly without a functioning toilet.

For Flight 005, 8.5 hours with limited bathrooms could have gotten very ugly.

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