Airlines need to stop taking the p*** out of their passengers: DiManno

There are occasions when we all have to pee in a cup. Feels dopey, carrying that little chalice of bodily excretion to a nurse or lab technician.But it doesn’t often happen 30,000 feet in the air. Not a mile-high club of which I hope to ever become a member.This humiliating incident became public last week when a Missouri woman stepped forward publicly to describe how she was forced to urinate — at her seat — during a flight from Houston to Kansas City, Mo., after flight attendants refused her permission to use the restroom.Nicole Harper wrote on Facebook: “As an emergency room nurse, I completely understand having a bad day on the job and having to deal with undesirable bodily fluids. What I don’t understand is ZERO customer service, if I treated a patient this poorly I would surely have consequences . . . ”Mesa Airlines, a regional U.S. carrier and partner of United Airlines, is investigating.Article Continued BelowIn fact, this episode occurred on the very same day, last month, that a 69-year-old passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight, battered and bloodied by aviation security officers, for refusing to give up his seat to an airline employee.United resurrected its “Fly the friendly skies” slogan just last September. Alternate slogan suggested in the online blowback: “We put the hospital in hospitality.”We have all become wearily accustomed to the ordeal that flying has become — from the endless grind of security screening (off with the belt, off with the shoes, take your laptop out of the bag, is this a bottle of breastmilk or an improvised explosive device?) to bossy-boot rent-a-cops invasively patting down children, to flight attendants studiously ignoring a call-button summons, to knees squished up against the chest in economy, to out-of-pocket charges for food and checked baggage, to attempted clawback on points programs.