Airplane aisle view from the floor, and the drawing on a smiley dump with a smirk

Lavatory Horror Stories (Part 1)

Hey there, cabin crew, ex-cabin crew, and aviation enthusiasts from all over the world! Today, I want to share with you three hilarious and unforgettable stories that left me both astonished. And, yes, some of them really disgusted! We’ve split the stories into multiple parts, and it seems like there will be more to come. Welcome to Lavatory Horror Stories – Part 1. Buckle up and get ready for some crazy sh*t, quite literally!

Lesson from lavatory horror stories
Number 1: Keep your shoes on!

For the first lavatory horror story, let me take you back to the time when I had a flight to…Ok, I don’t want to disclose the name of to avoid unnecessary hate. But you can use your imagination to figure out the destination! Try to guess it in the comment section!馃槈

The flight started like any other, but things quickly turned bad. It seemed like everyone on board had a sudden craving for alcohol because the cabin crew was bombarded with drink orders left and right!

The atmosphere in the cabin was quite excited, but nothing out of the ordinary. Passengers were enjoying the in-flight service, and the flight attendants worked tirelessly to keep everyone happy.

However, just before starting our pre-landing duties, a colleague of mine, an experienced crew, approached me. She had a mischievous smile on her face . Then she told me that I needed to see something. I did not know what to expect. I followed her to the back of the plane, only to be greeted by a sight that left me in disbelief.

Right there, in the middle of the aisle, there was a… well, let’s just say someone had misunderstood the concept of using the toilet and had made a rather unfortunate mess. Despite the situation, the amazing part was that none of the passengers seated in that area seemed to be complaining about it and acted completely unfazed. Now, I don’t want to be unnecessarily gross, but most of the passengers on that flight were walking barefoot. And clearly, someone stepped on that mess, leaving strips of human waste in the aisle! We arranged some blankets on the floor to avoid the situation from getting worse and safely landed at our destination!

But doesn麓t end here!

The same airplane had a scheduled flight just a few hours later. I can only imagine the reaction of the cleaners when they found that mess, and the next flight was not even delayed to allow the ground personnel to do a deep cleaning of the area!

If you are a flight attendant you already know this, but if you aren麓t, well, follow my advice: never walk barefoot or even in socks around the airplane! The floor is clean like the back of a donkey麓s a**…but let麓s continue…

Japan, respect!

Now let麓s head to Japan for the second story. This one is a much more inspirational story, don’t worry! Picture this: I was on a flight to Japan, working in business class, and enjoying a smooth and easy ride to one of my favorite destinations in the world, Tokyo!

While I was planning my layover in this beautiful city and looking at the amazing Cabin Crew Layover – Tokyo mini-guide ;),聽 I noticed a long line forming in front of the restroom. Curiosity struck once again, and I decided to investigate the situation.

As I approached the restroom, I realized that it was actually unlocked. And there was a gentleman in his 50s standing right in front of the door, holding up the line. The rest of the passengers patiently waited behind him, not uttering a word of complaint.

Puzzled by this sight, I decided to check inside the lavatory. I wanted to see if someone was occupying it or if there was something wrong with the door. To my surprise, the restroom was empty. It was at that point that I realized that the poor gentleman had no idea how to open the door and had unintentionally become the gatekeeper.

The other passengers, understanding the situation, waited patiently, allowing the gentleman to figure things out. Eventually he made his way inside the restroom. It was a true testament to the sense of respect and patience that the Japanese culture embodies.

Hats off to the amazing display of respect and understanding!

Lesson from lavatory horror stories
Number 3: I wished I could open a window!

Last but not least, let me tell you what happened on a flight to London, which takes the top spot on the chart of the most stinky flight ever! Well, we’ve all experienced unpleasant odors when using a public toilet at some point in our lives. But this particular incident took it to a whole new level.

On this occasion, someone had, thankfully, managed to use the toilet correctly this time. However, the aftermath left a lingering and unbearable smell that had everyone in the vicinity yearning for fresh air. Customers in the area started to complain about the odor coming from the lavatory, and unable to bear it any longer, they asked to be moved to other seats, which was impossible due to the fully booked flight.

Our only option was to go into the lavatory and use some deodorant to kill or at least attenuate the intensity of that smell. Being a senior crew member, one of the only few advantages I have on board is the possibility to delegate to the junior crew some of the duties on board. And that was the perfect situation to use my authority (I know it sounds bad, but I麓m sure you would have done the same thing, so don麓t judge me too hard!)聽

I delegated the stinky situation to an Economy class crew, instructing him to spray some deodorant inside the restroom to neutralize the smell. However, little did I know that this plan would backfire (quite literally!).

I wish I could have opened a window…

The crew member must have been a little too enthusiastic because by spraying an excessive amount of deodorant, he triggered the smoke sensors in the lavatory.

In an instant, the plane erupted into a symphony of emergency chimes, falsely detecting smoke. It was a chaotic and comical situation, to say the least. Now I had to clear the air and prevent the smoking detectors from going off again. So I had to venture into the restroom and open the door to let the air clear and make the alarm stop. This, ironically, only pushed the smell back into the cabin.

I couldn’t help but wonder what on earth the previous occupant had eaten to create such a powerful smell. But I stopped asking myself that question. Some secrets are indeed better left unresolved, don麓t you think?

Final Thoughts

And there you have it, my friends! Three Lavatory horror stories unfolded at 30,000 feet above the ground.But these experiences are just a few of the adventures we encounter during our flights. Stay tuned to read about Lavatory Horror Stories Part 2. You don’t want to miss that!

So, the next time you’re on a plane, keep your socks on, bring some perfume with you, and always expect the unexpected! And if you want to share your stories, write us in the contact us section! You know that we are always hungry for something crazy!

Bon voyage and happy flying guys!

Flight Attendants Nation

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