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    Bangladesh flight hits toilet jam

    Bangladesh flight hits toilet jam


    Biman's ageing fleet has been heavily criticised

    A Biman Bangladesh airlines flight from Dhaka to London was delayed by nearly 10 hours - because all five of the plane's toilets were blocked.

    The airline said staff took two hours to fix the problem, which had been caused by passengers trying to flush away paper cups and other rubbish.

    The plane's departure was then further delayed to fit in with a night flight ban at Heathrow airport.

    A Biman official said there had been no mechanical fault with the aircraft.

    'Passenger-created'

    Wing Commander Asaduzzaman, director of engineering at Biman, said most of the passengers on the flight had been Bangladeshis returning to London.

    It was a passenger-created problem. There was no mechanical fault
    Wing Commander Asaduzzaman
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    "The flight was delayed because of the toilet jam," he told the BBC.

    "Passengers threw bottles, cups, tissue papers and female sanitary napkins into all five toilets of the Biman aircraft.

    "This solid material blocked the toilets and there was a jumble in the pneumatic toilet suction system. It was a passenger-created problem. There was no mechanical fault."

    Wing Commander Asaduzzaman said the toilets had been fixed two hours after the flight should have taken off at 1400 local time (0700 GMT).

    "We could have taken off at 1600 but there is a night ban at Heathrow airport, so we took off at 2330."

    Bangladesh's Daily Star newspaper said the flight had been carrying more than 200 passengers.

    "It's a fact that the aircraft of the national flag carrier could not fly only because of faults in its toilets," it quoted one of Biman's pilots saying.

    The news came a day after reports that the United Nations had advised staff not to fly Biman because of concerns over safety and flight delays.

    The cash-strapped airline has been heavily criticised for its performance in recent years.

    It has struggled to pay salaries and fuel bills and to maintain its elderly fleet of aircraft. It has also faced a string of corruption allegations.

    Biman's managing director, Zakiul Islam, told the Daily Star he was unaware of any UN directive, but admitted the airline was having problems managing its flight schedule.

    He hoped things would improve once three Boeing aircraft had been added to Biman's fleet, the paper said.


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    Having a night ban at an airport as busy as Heathrow is just plain stupid. Of course these EU environmental wackos are going to make the cost of flying there unaffordable with their nonsense laws related to global warming.

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    QUOTE-"Wing Commander Asaduzzaman, director of engineering at Biman, said most of the passengers on the flight had been Bangladeshis returning to London."


    Let`s hope that when they go to McDonalds they don`t get confused and piss in the Trash Bins

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    The way they smell, I just always thought that they just shit where ever they were setting without lowering their underwear, if they wear any.

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    Flew Biman once when I was a bit hard up - never again. I'm very fond of Ruby's but not for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Unscheduled night's stay in Dhaka{ hell in a basket} because apparently they hadn't filled all the seats. Ageing planes but then that goes without saying. And why oh why do they have to bring their whole house as hand luggage?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    Having a night ban at an airport as busy as Heathrow is just plain stupid. Of course these EU environmental wackos are going to make the cost of flying there unaffordable with their nonsense laws related to global warming.
    I suppose the people who live in London would not agree with you

    Expansion in the past has been only allowed with night flying restrictions

    If other airports in London were used to their full extent, maybe there would be no problems

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    The way they smell, I just always thought that they just shit where ever they were setting without lowering their underwear, if they wear any.
    of course, that is correct. When I worked in Upper Chittagong, the smell of the unwashed was appalling. The excuse they used was that they had to use the river, which was already polluted by passing through hundreds of miles of India

    We used to have white lines drawn on the ground around our workplaces; the locals were not allowed within those hallowed areas

    The women, of course, were the worst. Whenever we needed sex we had to put them in a plastic bag and make holes in the corresponding places

    those were the days
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