‘My British Airways flight had to turn back because someone had done a smelly poo’ says Potters Bar councillor

Potters Bar Conservative councillor Abhishek Sachdev in happier times

Potters Bar Conservative councillor Abhishek Sachdev in happier times - Credit: Archant

A Potters Bar councillor has kicked up a stink after his British Airways flight U-turned and landed back in London – due to a stench coming from the toilet.

Councillor Abhishek Sachdev Tweeted about the unfortunate incident

Councillor Abhishek Sachdev Tweeted about the unfortunate incident - Credit: Archant

Hertsmere councillor Abhishek Sachdev, who represents the Parkfield Ward, was flying to Dubai from London Heathrow yesterday (Thursday), only for the plane to turn back and land again.

Bizarrely the reason given was a stink coming from one of the toilets deemed too strong to put up with for the duration of the seven hour flight.

Cllr Sachdev tweeted via his @cllrabhisach account: “Insane! Our BA flight to Dubai returned back to Heathrow because of a smelly poo in the toilet! 15 hours until next flight #britishairways”

The councillor was on his way to the Middle East with his pregnant wife and child when the upheaval happened.

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They were put up in a hotel before flying out to Dubai today (Friday).

Speaking to the Welwyn Hatfield Times from Heathrow Airport, Cllr Sachdev said: “I’ve never heard anything like it.

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“We were in the air when the pilot announced we was turning back because of liquid excrement spilling over.

“At first we were told the next flight was in three hours but then that changed to 15 hours.

“We were put up in a hotel but with one child and a pregnant wife the stress wasn’t ideal.

“I didn’t smell anything myself but that was the reason given by the pilot, the toilet had overflowed.”

A statement from British Airways said: “We’re very sorry for the discomfort to our customers.

“We provided them with hotel accommodation and rescheduled the flight to depart the following days lunchtime on an alternative aircraft.”