Delta passenger kicked off flight for using bathroom as plane waited on tarmac

A MAN has been kicked off a Delta flight after leaving his seat to use the toilet as the plane waited on the tarmac.

Kima Hamilton, 39, said he could no longer hold it in after Flight 2035 was delayed for almost two hours in Atlanta en route to Milwaukee on April 18, Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel reported.

The plane taxied to the runway and the passengers were informed they were third in line for takeoff, but the wait extended to about a half-hour, fellow passenger Krista Rosolino said.

Mr Hamilton found himself in a wee bit of trouble, so he headed to the toilet — a no-no before departure.

“We weren’t taking off. We were still. The plane isn’t moving,” the Milwaukee man told the paper. “I don’t normally pee right before I get on the plane, and I’ve never had a problem like this before. I don’t remember drinking an abnormal amount of water.”

Delta’s first attempt to boot man

But his golden opportunity was thwarted by a flight attendant, who ordered him back to his seat, saying they’d otherwise lose their spot in line.

He sat back down — but his bladder had other ideas, so he rushed back to the bathroom for relief.

“The pilot came on and said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sorry for the inconvenience but we have to return to the gate and remove a passenger’,” Mr Hamilton said. “It escalated to that point that fast.”

Mr Hamilton was approached by two Delta agents who told him to gather his belongings and disembark. But the public school artist in residence needed to be back home for a field trip, so he refused.

“It was already understood and decided that I was a problem and I was getting kicked off the plane. When I exited, there were FBI agents waiting for me with Delta personnel,” he said, adding that his calm demeanour likely saved him from being arrested.

In footage recorded by Ms Rosolino, Mr Hamilton can be heard apologising.

“I’m not really clear on why I’m being asked to leave this plane. I purchased this ticket, I had an emergency. I had to pee,” Mr Hamilton says in the video. “I tried to hold it the first time and you said I absolutely couldn’t and I’m being kicked off the plane?”

The plane returned to the gate, where the rest of the passengers also were told to get off temporarily.

Delta refunded part of his ticket cost and told him his checked luggage would be flown to Milwaukee. He then bought a ticket on a Southwest flight — at a cost of three times what he had been refunded — and made it home about 11pm.

Delta released a statement about the incident on Wednesday.

“Our flight crews are extensively trained to ensure the safety and security of all customers. It is imperative that passengers comply with crew instructions during all phases of flight, especially at the critical points of takeoff and landing,” a rep said.

Delta staff kicked off a passenger who used the toilet while the plane was waiting on the tarmac. Picture: Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

It comes as a British pensioner suffering from cancer and diabetes claimed his hands and feet were tied by six British Airways crew who “treated him like a slave” after he fell ill in midair and tried to sit in first class, according to The Sun.

Photos showed Kwame Bantu, 65, apparently handcuffed to the seat with his legs bound together — as it was claimed the crew banned him from using the toilet and ordered him to poo in his seat.

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It comes as a British pensioner suffering from cancer and diabetes claimed his hands and feet were tied by six British Airways crew who “treated him like a slave” after he fell ill in midair and tried to sit in first class, according to The Sun.

Photos showed Kwame Bantu, 65, apparently handcuffed to the seat with his legs bound together — as it was claimed the crew banned him from using the toilet and ordered him to poo in his seat.

 

United Airlines made headlines on April 9 after footage showed an aviation officer dragging a passenger off the overbooked flight.

Dr David Dao, 69, was already seated on the plane and refused to leave when he was told to make room for airline crew members travelling for work.

Video of him being dragged off Flight 3411 lit up the internet and forced the airline to release new policies to deal with overbooked flights.

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