In-flight bathroom emergency leads to felony charge

big dog1

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 28, 2002
Posts
179
Total Time
alot
By BILL RANKIN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tuesday, April 07, 2009

It’s a felony charge brought on by Montezuma’s revenge.
It was 30 minutes after takeoff. Joao Correa had to use the bathroom. Right away.

Joao Correa

The last meal the Philips Healthcare marketing manager ate at a restaurant in Honduras wasn’t sitting well. He looked down the single aisle of the Delta 737. A beverage cart blocked his way.

Correa, 43, asked the flight attendant if he could use the lavatory in business class. No, she said.
Correa returned to his seat. He waited for the cart to move. A few minutes passed. Desperation overcame him.
What happened next on the March 28 flight depends on who is talking.

Correa said he ran straight to the business class bathroom. “I had no choice,” he said in a telephone interview.

Correa said flight attendant Stephanie Scott put up her arm and blocked his entry into business class, according to an FBI affidavit. Correa then grabbed her arm to keep his balance.

Scott, however, said Correa stormed up the aisle and insisted to use the bathroom. She said she lightly placed her arm on his shoulder and asked him to move back. Correa then grabbed her right arm, pulled it downward and twisted it, she told an FBI agent.

Correa refused to return to his seat. Scott called the pilot who talked to Correa. The pilot let Correa use the bathroom in business class. Correa did and returned to his seat, where he stayed for the rest of the three-hour flight.

Still, Scott’s statement and corroboration from a witness who was a pilot for another airline gave the FBI probable cause to charge Correa with assault.

After Delta Flight 406 touched down in Atlanta, Correa was told he could not make his connection to his home in Concord, Ohio. He was arrested that Saturday and jailed for two nights. The following Monday, he appeared before a U.S. magistrate in federal court in Atlanta and was granted bond.

Often, Correa said, his job requires him to travel. He was in Central America to conduct sales training in Panama and to visit customers in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras. Before March 28, he said, he had never had any trouble on a flight.

“I’m devastated,” said Correa, who has a wife and two children. “I’m so traumatized emotionally. It’s been really, really hard on me. I’ve never had any event with the police in my life.”

Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott said flight crews do all they can to ensure the safety and security of passengers.

Delta is cooperating with authorities in the investigation of the incident. The airline also strictly follows Federal Aviation Administration policy, which calls for passengers on international flights to use the lavatory in their seating class, Elliott said.

A preliminary hearing, in which federal prosecutors must lay out their case against Correa, has been scheduled for April 17.
 

mynameisjim

Don't try this at home
Joined
Oct 27, 2004
Posts
842
Total Time
Paycut
The aisle nazi's strike again. They enforce the seatbelt policy like its the most important rule in the world.
 

DoinTime

Well-known member
Joined
Nov 27, 2001
Posts
2,523
Total Time
6000+
Another flight attendant out to save the world.
 

Andy Neill

Well-known member
Joined
Nov 26, 2001
Posts
2,293
Total Time
6200
I like to think I would try to put the flight attendant on the same side of the problem instead in an oppositional stance. After I explained the basic problem [I've really gotta go now.] I would ask which of the following the flight attendant were do if in my shoes:
1. Use the business class lav
2. Clear the path between me and the coach lav.
3. Dump in my seat causing a big clean up problem for the crew to deal with and making the surrounding area very unpleasant for other paying passengers as well.

So....which should we do?
 

N1VIBS

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 5, 2006
Posts
235
Total Time
16000
The FAA actually has a rule or policy about which lav a passenger can use???
 

tomgoodman

Well-known member
Joined
Mar 13, 2006
Posts
2,356
Total Time
20,000
TSA, not FAA

The FAA actually has a rule or policy about which lav a passenger can use???
A correction was issued:

While the FAA doesn’t have a policy requiring international passengers to use the restrooms in their own seating class, a Delta spokesman clarified, saying the carrier was following “TSA guidelines requiring passengers to use the lavatory in their class of service on flights arriving into the United States.”
The TSA does indeed have such a directive, according to an e-mail from Lauren Gaches, a spokeswoman for the agency. She declined to elaborate on the TSA policy, writing “the security directive is sensitive security information. The directive was put in place in 2006 to address security concerns resulting from credible intelligence.”
--WSJ online
 

DoinTime

Well-known member
Joined
Nov 27, 2001
Posts
2,523
Total Time
6000+
She declined to elaborate on the TSA policy, writing “the security directive is sensitive security information. The directive was put in place in 2006 to address security concerns resulting from credible intelligence.”
What would happen if an aircraft only had one class of seating? Does United have lavs specifically for the "economy plus" section?
 

Amish RakeFight

Registered Loser
Joined
Dec 28, 2005
Posts
8,006
Total Time
.
God forbid the "riff raff" venture beyond the yellow brick road of economy and through the first class curtain to relieve themselves. :uzi:
 

dalegribble

Well-known member
Joined
Dec 19, 2004
Posts
110
Total Time
7000
A correction was issued:

--WSJ online

Perhaps someone should give a TSA rulemaker a laxative in flight and force them to wait in line for a lavatory when there are empty ones elsewhere.

Why is it every pilot bitches about the TSA jackoff's both blueshirt and management, what have we done to try and change it. It's our responsibility. Our livelihood depends on these jerks being knocked down a peg.
 

AvroJockey

Go Pack Go!
Joined
Dec 10, 2003
Posts
432
Total Time
35 yrs
Man, I'm glad I'm not a part of the US airline industry any more.

The guy should have been smart enough to recognize the FA's incompetence, defecate in his seat, then sued Delta for pain and suffering.
 

saabservant

disgruntled
Joined
Jun 17, 2003
Posts
337
Total Time
7850
If he touched the FA and moved her arm away in any way, he's toast. Too bad, feel for the guy, he was probably desperate to go, and not in the aisle.
However if you recall ever having to do the rectum squeeze, how would you have the ability to do close combat with a woman at the same time?....

We just cannot have passengers assaulting crew members, even if the crew was unreasonable or uncaring...he should plea and do community service....
 
Last edited:

Minimaniac

Benevolent Dictator
Joined
Dec 12, 2005
Posts
455
Total Time
5500
IF they would just stop putting lavatories directly behind the cockpit (and thus sharing a flimsy wall), then we would not have this problem. I agree he should have communicated his "dilemma" clearly to the flight attendant, but I think nothing would have happened. Those business and first class F/As are ruthless, and the galley hags in coach refuse to move the cart until they are good and ready. Asking them to move faster would only make them go slower. Why F/A's feel the need to prove themselves like this is beyond me. They tolerate passengers grabbing their butts all day without claiming harassment, but they defend those lavs like they are gold, and risk physical confrontation for no good reason. Defend that cockpit door, please, but let a man take a dump.
 

IBNAV8R

Stand-up Philosopher
Joined
Jul 3, 2008
Posts
843
Total Time
9:30
In my view, F/As who escalate a situation like this have no business working with passengers. I'm not saying it's OK to assault a F/A, if that is what really happened, but this situation could easily have been diffused long before the passenger felt the need to find another lav. This F/A(s) needs to be fired.

And, another double-secret "guideline" that no one can verify. As I recall, ALL of the 9/11 hijackers had first class seats.
 

jws717

registered abuser
Joined
Feb 8, 2004
Posts
572
Total Time
loads
I think the FA should be reprimanded for having no common sense.
I agree, and he should have taken a dump in an airsick bag and handed it to her. Dam cabin Natzi.
 

Captain Morgan

Well-known member
Joined
May 3, 2004
Posts
1,279
Total Time
-
I agree, and he should have taken a dump in an airsick bag and handed it to her. Dam cabin Natzi.
I agree. It seems these F/As just don't have the judgement capabilities or common sense when to use discretion.
 
Top