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Posted on 07/18/2012 6:18:11 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Airline officials are trying to figure out if there is anything to be done after a Georgia congressman urinated into a cup on a flight from Washington to Atlanta on Thursday night.
Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop, flying from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Hartsfield Airport on Delta Flight 1717, got up to go to the bathroom after the mandatory half-hour when passengers must stay seated, but found the lavatories on the airplane occupied, his office and aviation sources said.
Sanford then asked a flight attendant for a cup, and "may" have said he intended to relieve himself, his office said.
He went to a section of the plane between the cockpit and first-class, then urinated into the cup, said Bishop spokesman Selby McCash, who described the congressman as "a very gracious and courtly gentleman."
No one accused him of exposing himself to the flight attendants or crew.
Controversy Over Dire Straits
There is some disagreement, however, over how dire the congressman's straits were.
McCash said Bishop had drunk a large amount of coffee, the flight had been delayed, and by the time the half-hour in the air was up, long lines for the bathroom formed at either end of the plane.
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Or, maybe he’s had kidney stones and his doctor wants him to drink a gallon of water a day - like mine does. I go to the bathroom twenty or thirty times a day when I do drink that much water.
He should have said what they always say. Tell the stewardess it’s raining.
My comment was directly related to Rebel’s comment about using a gatorade bottle in a motor vehicle.
Maybe you should switch to decaf.
Reb - the question came from Delta 21 (post 17). I assumed that either you were alone or those in your vehicle wouldn’t freak out with a case of the vapors.
If you believe the story, he found the niche between 1st class and coach (where the attendants have their stuff) and discreetly took a whizz.
The text says no one accused him of exposing himself.
Sometimes it just happens, and it sounds to me like he took the best approach. I'm sure banging on the crapper door wouldn't be too cool either.
“Maybe you should switch to decaf.”
Why? It makes me have to go to.
There are times I’ve just hd to pee, and wold have done it in my pants if I’d not found a proper place to do it, and I’m not Amish. Sometimes anybody can get caught unawares. DemonRt that he is, I’ll still give him a pass. But for the grace of God, that’s where any of us could be.
Black man in middle age with hypertension = strong diuretic.
Jus' git oud duh way!
I always carried a 3# coffee can and a roll of toilet paper in my airplane for those with a weak bladder.
Couldn’t I just pop the door? I’ve always wanted to write my name across Nebraska.
You gotta go...
Flying shucks—especially in a crowded plane. I try to limit my fluid intake and try to avoid having to pee during a flight. However on a 4 plus hour flight?—fahgetaboutit.
Bladder and sphincter control issues are fairly common among men past middle-age; and an enlarged prostate is only one source of the issue. There are medicinal and non-medicinal aids that can help. There are also medicines with a side effect of “increased and/or frequent urination”. There is also the issue of pride in admitting how bad the situation is - excuses come easily; wearing “depends” does not.
Only someone who knows the anxiety and embarrassment of KNOWING “holding it” will be, regardless of your “will power”, a losing battle if a remedy is not immediate, should judge anyone else with a “bladder control” issue.
I don’t know anything about the character of the Congressman. I also don’t know his medical and health issues, if any. Someone else can judge if they think the Congressman had a better option or not. I won’t.
>> and a roll of toilet paper
I understand the coffee can; what was the toilet paper for? Cleaning up after crappy landings? :-)
Yes, I suspect a bladder inflammation is what was in play.
Doubtful that he could have waited long if that is the case.
Black enough to be a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Yeah, before he became a congressman he probably used to plan ahead like most of us...
“I understand the coffee can; what was the toilet paper for? Cleaning up after crappy landings? :-)”
Females tend to want it when they pee!
I always break up the transcontinental flights into two legs.
I had to travel by air for the first time since Crohns Disease required that I have a colostomy. I was terrified of what could happen if I needed access to a lavatory and one wasn’t available “right now!”
I feel for the guy if he REALLY needed to go, due to prostate issues. I REALLY know what it means when you have to get to a bathroom RIGHT NOW!
In my case, I explained my situation to the flight attendants before take-off, and that I might need to ignore the regulations, as well as the captain’s “fasten seatbelt” orders. I acknoledged that I would be taking my chances with safety, but the flight attendants were helpful and accommodating.
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