Overflowing Toilet at Nashville Airport Contaminates Hundreds of Checked Bags


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A toilet at Nashville International Airport overflowed causing a sticky situation for hundreds of passengers this week. Over 200 Southwest Airlines passengers with checked bags, were contaminated with sewage when a toilet in the terminal overflowed and starting leaking into the baggage handling area.

We reached out to Southwest Airlines who stated: Following the Nashville Airport’s report of a sewage leak Thursday morning, our Employees identified which bags may have been affected. We appreciate our Nashville Employee’s efforts to contact our Customers, process the bags, and reunite our Customers with their luggage. We estimate about 200 bags were potentially affected, and they were sanitized, and in some cases, replacement bags offered.  There were no flight delays attributed to this, and the issue was resolved by 1 pm. 

Per ABC News,

A sewage leak at Nashville International Airport may have contaminated about 200 Southwest Airlines passengers’ bags, the airline said in a statement Thursday.

Airport officials told ABC News that the source of the problem was a single toilet in a women’s restroom inside the terminal, closely positioned over the baggage handling area. The sewage flowed through the bathroom floor, leaked into the bagging handling area and seeped into some bags that were checked in for Southwest’s early morning flights, according to the officials.

The bags are currently being sanitized, and replacement bags are being offered on a case-by-case basis, the airline said.

Baggage handlers identified the leak and sorted through the affected bags before beginning the clean-up process, according to the airport officials. They added that some passengers opted to travel without their damaged bags.

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