A United Airlines flight travelling from Washington DC to San Francisco has been forced to divert to Denver after a passenger got stuck in the bathroom.

“The lavatory door became inoperative,” a statement from United Airlines says.

In Denver, “the passenger was safely removed from the lavatory after landing, and customers have since continued on to their destination on a new aircraft,” the airline said.

Twitter user @taylorkkimber posted video online of maintenance technicians working on the door.

“We’re just working on opening up the door at the moment, ma’am. We’ll get you out soon, OK?” one of the men is heard saying.

Despite being scheduled to arrive in San Francisco at 8:38pm, it didn’t land until after 11pm.

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“We are reaching out to all customers onboard and the customer in the lavatory to apologise,” the United Airlines statement said.

(Source: CNN)