Sometimes when you have to go, you really have to go. What should someone do if they really need to urinate and their plane has just been sitting for 30 minutes on the runway waiting for other planes to take off?
On April 18, Kima Hamilton was heading from Atlanta to Milwaukee on a Delta flight, and as he was waiting on the runway for the flight to take off, Hamilton had to urinate. But relieving himself cost him more than what he expected, reported The Root.
When Hamilton originally wanted to use the restroom, a flight attendant told him if he left his seat, the plane would lose its takeoff spot. So he reluctantly went back to his seat, but 30 minutes later, they were still just sitting on the runway, and he could not hold it any longer.
“I don’t normally pee right before I get on the plane, and I’ve never had a problem like this before,” he told the the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I don’t remember drinking an abnormal amount of water.”
Before he made it back to his seat, the pilot had already decided to delay the flight further and kick him off the plane rather than just continue to wait for their turn to takeoff.
“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,’” Hamilton said. “It escalated to that point that fast.”
Video taken by another passenger shows Hamilton being asked to remove himself from the flight by a Delta employee. As Hamilton, who works at a school, tries to plead with the employee that he had to get back to Milwaukee because he had a field trip with his students, the employee didn’t care and was just following orders.
Hamilton refused to leave, so the ridiculous response of Delta was to have everyone escorted off the plane, and then reboard without Hamilton. But Hamilton said he’s grateful for the passengers who had his back.
FBI agents were waiting at the gate for him due to his need to urinate on a plane that was not moving.
“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,” Hamilton stated.
Delta refunded a portion of his ticket but he ended up spending three times the original amount to get a ticket on Southwest Airlines.
Krista Rosolino, the camerawoman in the above video, said she didn’t understand why Hamilton was forced off, especially when a passenger on another Delta flight told her that two other passengers on that flight were allowed to use the bathroom while the plane waited on the tarmac.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)