Skydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 969 posts, RR: 10 Posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 22549 times:
Time for a fun poll !!
After reading the intriguing and in some cases amusing quotes (below) from this thread, which was on a different topic, I thought it would be interesting to share opinions of why you will, or will not take a dump on the 37,000 foot throne. Aside from the quotes, I guess I should state my own opinion: I have had no problem with this on several flights. In fact, I have found most airplane lavatories to be much cleaner than the airport bathrooms, and usually have better toilet paper too. When I find the toilets in the airport to be a mess, I will wait to use the toilet on the airplane. Something to do during the flight anyway...
Quoting travelavnut: I still love aviation, the wonder of it, I still have those small moments when I'm on the toilet in an airplane and it just amazes me that I'm taking a dump while going at near trans-sonic speeds high in the troposphere
Quoting Coal: You take a dump on the plane? I have to have a major case of the runs to take a dump on a a/c toilet, even in F!
Quoting travelavnut: On a long haul flight which is not full and the toilets are clean? No problem whatsoever, when you gotta go, you gotta go.
Quoting CHRISBA777ER: I'm with Coal on that one. Pooing on planes is nasty. Get it out of your system before you fly. I've had to go into a toilet after someone who had been for a crap too many times and thats just nasty. I'd hate the idea that anyone would be queuing up to go in after me and have to live with it. Urgh. I am 99% sure I've never had a poo on a plane ever in my life and thats in 323 flights including some very, very long ones. (17 hours DOH-IAH is prob the longest and I didnt even then, and the cabin only had a dozen or so other pax!).
Quoting falstaff: I do all the time.... It isn't any nastier than taking a dump at the airport. I would say more people crap at the airport than in the air. The only thing I don't like about using the john on the plane is that I know other people are waiting and I need to hurry up, so I can't relax and read my newspaper.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 22554 times:
A throne is a throne, so long as it's clean, I don't see what the problem is. Give me a choice of sitting in my bathroom looking around at the familiar furniture, or sitting at 40,000ft looking out at a shed load of awesome clouds and that deep blue infinity above.... then I know which I'd take.
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Speedbird741 From Portugal, joined Aug 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 22550 times:
As each is left to define his or her own hygienic standards, I look at it as a matter of courtesy to other passengers. The mere thought leaving the washroom knowing there will be someone outside who will have to endure a less pleasent visit to the loo would be enough for me to refrain from doing it.
Personally, it is NO because of lacking hygiene and discoustesy! Do what you have to do at home.
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Quokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 22500 times:
It depends on whether I need to or not. It is more likely on a long haul flight like PER - DXB than PER - SIN or PER - SYD as the former is 11 hours, while the latter are about 5 hours.
Keeping the toilets clean is among the cabin crew's duties and so far I have had no grounds for complaint. Depending on the route, you may get a minority of passengers who are less considerate than others but most seem to clean up as best they can afterwards. The only real downside is that most aircraft toilets are a bit cramped, even in F/J.
General access toilets at airports can be less hygienic but it all comes down to how frequently they are cleaned. Toilets in the lounge tend to be cleaner and more pleasantly outfitted.
AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6202 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 22435 times:
I go if I have to go, it´s not like a goal of mine one way or the other. If I find a toilette that is too dirty to my taste I go look for another one. I seldom fly Y though, so except on the airlines where C is too big, I almost never have to look around for a clean toilette.
Taking a dump on LH F 744 is a completely different story though, because there is a window above the toilete, behind it.
So I suppose going to while in the ground is not an option but it does add aeronautical prestige to the gastro-intestinal maneuver.
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 22374 times:
No problem to use the lav' for its intended purpose.
Only downside is its limited size / space available. Worst (= smallest) I have had on a long haul flight was the aft lav' on PrivatAir´s BBJ flying between AMS and IAH. Hardly any space to move in ...
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signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 22348 times:
Why not? If you need to go, you need to go. It's no different from any other public convenience with a restriced use, eg. in a restaurant or on a train. If anything, it's better, as it gets cleaned more often. Just don't go in barefoot!
travelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1611 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 22335 times:
Haha well my stance on this subject is already pretty clear But I want to clarify that I'm not a serial-plane-pooper, some people might have gotten the impression that I actually enjoy going number 2 in an airplane. I don't. But you don't always control the calls that nature make. And if the occasion does arise I like to combine the vile act of actually using a toilet the way it was intended with some philosophical thoughts concerning incedible height, speed and a act that is as old as humanity.
Don't forget people, we used to squat in the bushes, now we sit on a flying throne...let me repeat that; A FLYING THRONE!
Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 1): A throne is a throne, so long as it's clean, I don't see what the problem is. Give me a choice of sitting in my bathroom looking around at the familiar furniture, or sitting at 40,000ft looking out at a shed load of awesome clouds and that deep blue infinity above.... then I know which I'd take.
Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 2): As each is left to define his or her own hygienic standards, I look at it as a matter of courtesy to other passengers. The mere thought leaving the washroom knowing there will be someone outside who will have to endure a less pleasent visit to the loo would be enough for me to refrain from doing it.
While that is a good point if I have to go, and I don't, my body starts producing gas in copious amounts. This is not really a courtesy to my seat neighbours. I don't like using a smelly toilet, but hey, it's a freaking toilet!
TOMMY767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 22319 times:
I don't for a few reasons:
1. Usually there is uncleaned piss all over the seat from various passengers
2. Long lines of passengers waiting to use the bathroom -- I don't feel comfortable holding them up for a poop
3. Possible turbulence while in the bathroom
So between all those reasons I always do it before I board or after I land.
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dc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2292 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 22297 times:
My answer is a resounding no. Of course, necessity might drive my to do so, one day, but taking a dump on a plane is not high on my to-do list, you see. In fact, neither is taking a dump in the airport. In 10 years of travels, that only happened once, in a ATL Crown Club (Terminal E), circa 2003. I much prefer to do so at home.
VonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 18, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 22207 times:
I try to go before the flight, but not because I have a problem with pooping on the plane. It's because there's nothing worse than being stuck in your seat with the seatbelt sign on when you're already prairie doggin it. The same applies for using the lav before landing on long flights, it sucks having to pinch it when standing in an immigration line or something desperate to get to a toilet.
BAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 22198 times:
When nature calls one has to answer, wherever one happens to be at the time! That said, I believe that in all my years of flying, the only time I've ever done anything more than a quick pee on a plane was on a flight from LHR to NRT. It wasn't the relaxed affair that I usually prefer (although I did consider stuffing a copy of the inflight mag up my t-shirt before heading to the back of the plane), but I don't really see what the issue is with "sitting down" on an aircraft toilet. Granted I wouldn't have given the thought houseroom on my AI flight LHR-JFK in 1988 (I'll spare you the details as to why!), but even with a lack of proper seat covers, a few strategically placed sheets of toilet paper can work wonders!
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daviation From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 22160 times:
I try to avoid pooping in any public place, including the facilities in my office building. And I always try to tend to my personal business before a flight. Having said that, however, there are times when nature calls and you have no other choice.
I still maintain that having a poop in the quiet of your own restroom and in the privacy of your own home is a sacred experience!
canadianpylon From Canada, joined May 2003, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 22039 times:
Hey, when you gotta go, you gotta go.
Generally, I take care of business BEFORE I get on the plane, but that doesn't preclude an urge to purge.
I feel bad for the pilots though... I've read a few posts of noxious smells wafting into the cockpit due to the close proximity of the forward lav to the cockpit. I know the damage I can do. The pilots should be able to collect hazard pay for having to deal with that!