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User currently offlineRcardinale From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 190 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3953 times:

Hey everyone about a month ago i did a roundtrip BOS-HNL for vacation. On our flight home we flew DL HNL-ATL on one of their domestic 764's. For those of you who are familiar with the plane I was sitting in the smaller coach class up front and my seat was near the bathroom. The flight was overnight and I tried to catch some sleep but I kept waking up because of the bright lights coming from the bathrrom when someone used it. My question is why aren't bathroom lights automated so that when someone closed the door they turn on and when they open the door they turn back on?

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User currently offlineFL1TPA From United States of America, joined May 2004, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3896 times:



Quoting Rcardinale (Thread starter):
My question is why aren't bathroom lights automated so that when someone closed the door they turn on and when they open the door they turn back on?

They are, normally. When you go in and lock the door there's a small switch inside the door frame that activates the lights. Also, on 717s there's a switch on the F/A control panel that turns the lights on all the time regardless of the door lock. On the 737s the switch is on the door frame near the lock.

Either a F/A turned that switch on so the light would constantly be on or the switch itself is malfunctioning. In either case it's better to have bright lights than very, very dim or no lights.

Sucks that you got that seat tho...

FL1TPA



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User currently offlineDl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1562 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3340 times:



Quoting Rcardinale (Thread starter):
I kept waking up because of the bright lights coming from the bathrrom when someone used it.

They are supposed to be bright when the door is latched by someone using the lav. The lights go dim when the door is not latched. The door should only be latched when the lav is in use. The only time the light should stay bright with no one in the lav is when the lav is locked out because it is inop or as FL1TPA said if the switch is malfunctioning.

Quoting Rcardinale (Thread starter):
My question is why aren't bathroom lights automated so that when someone closed the door they turn on and when they open the door they turn back on?

Not sure exactly what you are asking. If you meant turn back off instead of on then that is indeed what they are supposed to do, well, not on/off but rather bright/dim.

DL757Md



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User currently offlinePAAClipper707 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3183 times:

Often times when the cleaning crews are servicing the lavs they flip the switch (in the door frame) so the light stays on when they are cleaning.
Often times they are in a hurry and forget to switch it back to its other setting.



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19415 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2570 times:

Also, next time, invest in an eyeshade. Eye shades are cheap, comfortable, and a well-made one will block even direct sunlight.

When I am going to (attempt to) sleep on a plane, I bring 33 dB earplugs and an eyeshade. I then ask my neighbor to please give me a firm elbow in the ribs when they announce landing if I'm not already awake.


User currently offlineRobffm2 From Germany, joined Dec 2006, 1115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2523 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 4):
I then ask my neighbor to please give me a firm elbow in the ribs when they announce landing if I'm not already awake.

Are you afraid of missing your bus stop?  Embarrassment


Sorry, could not resist!


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19415 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2516 times:



Quoting Robffm2 (Reply 5):

Are you afraid of missing your bus stop?  


Nah. Just don't want to make an F/A reach across my neighbor(s) to shake me awake. When I sleep, I sleep.


User currently offlineTwinOtter4Ever From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2125 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 4):
When I am going to (attempt to) sleep on a plane, I bring 33 dB earplugs and an eyeshade. I then ask my neighbor to please give me a firm elbow in the ribs when they announce landing if I'm not already awake.

Well, it may be hard to tell on some airlines as you may already have elbows in your ribs during the whole flight....on both sides!!!....D%&M those narrow seats...Might have to use some other way to wake up...  Wink


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