A man stuck in an airplane

Stuck in the loo while taking a poo..

What’s worse than being trapped in a bathroom? Being trapped in a bathroom at 30,000 feet. Brace yourself for a tale of epic proportions from the high skies.

Picture this fellow poopers. You are an airline passenger embarking on a relatively short journey from Mumbai to Bengaluru seeking the solace of the lavatory mid-flight. Alas, fate had other plans. A lock malfunction turns the lavatory into a prison, so you now have become a crappy captive for almost the entire airborne escapade. Sound miserable? Absolutely. Does it sound fabricated? Sadly, truth is truly stranger than fiction…

SpiceJet is a low-cost airline based in India. It’s one of the country’s prominent budget carriers, known for offering affordable air travel services. The airline operates both domestic and international flights, catering to a wide range of passengers.


SpiceJet is recognized for its distinctive red and white livery and has played a significant role in making air travel more accessible to a broader segment of the Indian population.

One unlucky SpiceJet passenger was recently stuck in the airplane bathroom for about an hour. As reported by local Indian news outlets, the crew and some of the passengers valiantly attempted to liberate the loo-locked soul after the cries for help were noticed.

Despite attempts to open the door, the passenger was ultimately slipped a note under the door by the crew. Seriously… Images of the note can be found circulating social media.

Secure yourself… Do not panic!

If you are curious about what a note of this kind entails, do not fret as the staff at Poopable was able to grab one of the widely circulated images…

“Sir, we tried our best to open the door. However, we could not open. Do not panic, we are landing in a few minutes. So please close the commode lid and sit on it and secure yourself. As soon as the main door is open, engineer will come. Do not panic.”

The plane ultimately descended to a terrestrial haven. The imprisoned passenger was set free by the quick response of tool-wielding engineer. The passenger also received an assessment from medical personal just for good measure or perhaps to address a very numb bottom.

Fortunately for the passenger, the fine folks of SpiceJet assured the passenger he was to receive a full-reimbursement for his unorthodox seat assignment. The staff at Poopable are thinking that the passenger deserves at least some future airline credit from SpiceJet with a “preferred seat assignment” perk.

It should come as no surprise that the airline was quick to issue an apology. “SpiceJet regrets and apologizes for the inconvenience caused to the passenger. The passenger is being provided a full refund.”

The 37-year-old passenger later told The Times of India,“I was traumatized, dazed and injured as I was thrown around inside the toilet as the plane landed in Bengaluru.” 

There is no report if the passenger had to go number one or number two.

We did a little research to see if this a common occurrence in airline travel. After some panic-induced research, we can assure you that getting locked in an airplane bathroom is relatively uncommon. But as we have seen, it can happen due to various reasons such as technical malfunctions or issues with the locking mechanism.

Luckily, most modern aircraft bathrooms are equipped with safety features and major airline crew members are trained to handle these situations promptly. So maybe in this case, using a budget airline may not be the best option…

Let this be a cautionary tale for all travelers — lest you too find yourself ensnared in the porcelain clutches of an airborne lavatory.

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By Neil

Neil launched Poopable in 2023, making him the Poo Poo Presidente. After overcoming childhood public restroom anxiety, one of his proudest accomplishments is relieving himself on six continents and over two-dozen countries. His preferred bathroom includes a neutral scent, double ply toilet paper and a strong industrial flush. His trade secret to making any restroom poopable – baby wipes.