Broken Toilet Delays Continental Flight Three Hours

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A broken toilet on a Continental Airlines plane caused a three-hour delay at Pittsburgh International Airport on Monday morning.

Rick Stouffer, a passenger on the Houston-bound flight, tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that passengers had already boarded for the scheduled 8:15 a.m. departure when they were told the jet could not take off because of "problems with the first-class lavatory."

He says the crew later said the toilet was backed up and no plunger could be found, so someone had to be sent off ground to buy one – a claim later disputed by a spokeswoman from Continental.

"We don't use plungers," Continental spokeswoman Mary Clark tells the news outlet. "The onboard lavatories are really mechanical in nature."

Clark says she did not know the exact nature of the problem, but relayed that a maintenance crew in Pittsburgh was unable to fix it. The lavatory was closed and the plane took off with two other working lavatories in coach.

About an hour into the delay, passengers were allowed off the plane to wait in the terminal, Stouffer says.

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