If only someone thought to jiggle the handle.
According to the Independent, a Norwegian Airlines flight from Oslo to Munich had to turn around mid-flight because of problems with the toilets.
Norwegian communications advisor Fatima Elkadi told Norwegian news site Dagbladet, “It is true that DY1156, which was to fly from Oslo to Munich, had to return to Oslo again when they found an issue with the toilets on board.”
The irony is that on the 186-seat plane was literally packed with plumbers. In fact, 85 of the passengers were from the Norwegian plumbing industry and between 60 and 70 were plumbers from the Rørkjøp plumbing company.
Rørkjøp CEO Frank Olsen said, “We would have liked to fix the restrooms, but unfortunately it had to be done from the outside and we didn’t risk sending a plumber to work at 10,000 meters,” he told Dagbladet. “There was a good atmosphere in the plane, what with the irony about the broken toilets.”
Ground technicians fixed the problem and the plane took off again, landing in Munich at around 12 p.m.