Only 30 minutes into a Delta Airlines flight, Joao Correa, who ate some bad Honduran food and got a serious case of “the shits,” was sitting in his coach-class seat when realized he had to go so bad he might poop his pants. He dashed to the bathroom, but it was blocked by the drink cart. He pleaded with the flight attendant. Unmoved by Mr. Correa’s plea, the flight attendant did not speed-up drink service nor attempt in anyway to let the guy get to the coach-class toilet. Mr. Correa pleaded to go to the vacant business-class toilet. He was refused, because it is against government regulations to go to a toilet that is not in your seating class. Here’s what happened next:
When the cart wasn’t moved after a few minutes, Correa said, he ran for the business class lavatory. He said the flight attendant put up her arm to block him, and he grabbed it to keep his balance. A Delta flight attendant said Correa grabbed her right arm, pulled it down and twisted it, according to authorities.
The man was arrested after the plane landed in Atlanta after a three-hour flight and Correa was held for two days in jail, authorities said. He was charged with interference with a flight crew, said Gregory Jones, head of the FBI in Atlanta, and released on bond after appearing before a U.S. magistrate.
“I’m devastated,” the Concord, Ohio, man told the paper. “I’ve never had any event with the police in my life.” Correa could not be reached Wednesday by The Associated Press. A message was left on his home telephone.
The original story by the Antlanta Constitution-Journal is here, complete with a picture of Mr. Correa and an online poll asking what you would do in a situation like this. Almost 92% say they would run for the bathroom, too.