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User currently offlineCVGpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 588 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1458 times:

What is the longest period of time a flight crew or FA's ban pax from useing the LAV, Iv never been told that I could not use the lav' even when the seatbelt light was on, but I here storys from people that have been told no. So whats the deal, anyone one ever been told no?


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User currently offlineC17Glbm From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1415 times:

I doubt they can physically hold you back from using the lav. I recently flew on a 10h flight to the US and we encountered some pretty wicked turbulence along the way. Even then people were using the lavs. At one point in time even the F/As had taken their seats. I heard F/As advising them against using the potty but once the flight didn't improve they seemed to understand that regardless of the situation, certain things got to be done!

User currently offlineSwafa30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1370 times:

What is the longest period of time a flight crew or FA's ban pax from useing the LAV, Iv never been told that I could not use the lav' even when the seatbelt light was on, but I here storys from people that have been told no. So whats the deal, anyone one ever been told no?

Technically, we can't 'ban' anyone from doing anything. You have to have authority to do that. We have responsibility, but no authority. For instance, if you are caught smoking in the lavatory, I have the responsibility to ask you to extinguish your cigarette and to report the incident but I have no authority to detain you or mete out any kind of punishment. The captain has authority but not really the cabin crew. It is kinda like the difference between a shopping mall rent-a-cop and an actual police officer.

What I always tell people is the I am responsible for telling them that while the seat belt sign is on it is SAFEST for them to remain seated. Beyond that they are on their own. I have done my job and covered myself. People often will ring their call button and ask "permission" to get up while the seatbelt sign is on. I always tell them that asking a flight attendant if it is okay to disregard the seatbelt sign is like asking a cop if it is okay to speed. We always have to say "No" but that does not mean we don't understand that their are times when the rules have to be bent.

It never hurts to ask the flight attendants if the captain could turn off the seatbelt sign. Sometimes the flight deck thinks that leaving the seatbelt on is a courtesy to the cabin crew who is trying to complete a service. Other times, they just plain forget. The worst they can do when we call is say "no".


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1280 times:

You could be fined or arrested for violating instructions from a crewmember.


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineBrido From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 160 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1263 times:

If they need the lav, they need the lav. But I don't allow "hanging out" or talking in the aisle when the seat belt sign is on. Physiological relief only, no social relief!

I love when they ask: "Can I go to the bathroom". I always say "I can't say that you CAN but if you MUST, be very careful".

I stopped fighting with pax over the seat belt/lavatory thing at least 10 years ago. If I have made the required announcements then it is on THEM.


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1247 times:

but whatever you do, don't do it on the way into DCA!


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
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