The skies were looking pretty unfriendly for one New Zealand woman earlier this week.
“The first thing when I walked out of my door this morning and I saw it, I thought an airplane shit on us. You open the door and it smells like shit,” she told the Herald on Sunday. “I’m absolutely disgusted at the moment. The amount of crap everywhere is horrendous.”
Bass’ home lies directly along an Auckland International Airport flight path. She’s convinced that the excrement isn’t from birds or other animals, and has sent a sample of the mess to be independently tested.
Other residents told the newspaper that they’d been dumped on in the past as well, but the government’s Civil Aviation Authority denied it, blaming migrating ducks.
“I fought it hard, we got tests done that proved it was human matter and even at that point the CAA still kicked their heels in, they wouldn’t have a bar of it,” a dumping victim, who did not want to be named, told the paper.
Airplane waste has caused serious problems before. Last year, a British woman said a frozen chunk of mess crashed through the roof of her home and put a hole in the floor. Experts told SWNS that the frozen waste was likely caused by a leak on the plane.
The U.S.’s Federal Aviation Administration has its own term for frozen airplane waste. They call it “blue ice,” after the chemical that’s added to toilet water to help deodorize and break down waste.
While the agency acknowledges that leaks can occur, the official FAA stance is that the material most often dissipates before it hits the ground. Although the FAA investigates purported incidents of waste dumped from planes, they maintain that the culprit is usually migrating birds.