A few weeks ago an Indian court ordered airlines in that country to stop dumping lavatory poo on residents below.
The court wants to see India’s safety regulator investigate airlines proactively in the future with surprise inspections of aircraft waste tanks when they land — fining airlines 50,000 rupees “every time their human waste tanks are found empty.”
I’m somewhat skeptical that these incidents really happen. Testing of the excrement apparently found humans as the source, but birds couldn’t be scientifically ruled out.
I’m even more skeptical of the story of a Utah woman who says planes are dropping poop in her driveway.
The woman lives 15 miles from Salt Lake City, so there’s a good chance that if this is real that Delta is the perpetrator.
The allegedly dropped droppings were splattered across her concrete driveway and all over her white Cadillac SUV.
…’The nice gift left all over my driveway and car from the airline that flys (sic) over our house…chunks of human feces!’
…she showed exactly how far the waste spread outside her house.
She claims this has happened before, and she’s getting news coverage:
My favorite thing is that she recommends, in lieu of her driveway, “they need to do it out in the mountains or somewhere.” Or, you know, when after they’ve landed at the airport.
Last year residents of a Pennsylvania town thought their homes were being TP’d from the sky with rolls of toilet paper falling from airplane lavatories. The FAA was.. skeptical.
However the FAA always stands ready to investigate:
If the person can tell us (the FAA) exactly when and where it happened, we can try to run radar replays to see if an aircraft flew overhead around that time. We don’t provide any advice on how to clean up blue ice
(HT: Alan H.)