Broken toilet delays Houston-bound flight

March 7, 2011 1:04:47 PM PST
A Continental Airlines flight from Pittsburgh International Airport to Houston is running about three hours late because the toilet in first class is broken. Continental spokeswoman Mary Clark tells The Associated Press that an earlier report that the flight was delayed because a plunger couldn't be found is incorrect.

She says plungers aren't used to repair toilets on airliners. She says, "It's not a toilet like you have at your home. It's a mechanical process to repair the lavatory."

Clark says she doesn't know the nature of the malfunction, but says Flight 655 took off about 11:15 a.m. instead of 8:15 a.m. Monday after airline officials decided to close the broken lavatory. That means all passengers are having to use a lavatory in the coach section.