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Flushing The Toilet While Sitting Down  
User currently offlineGrozzy From Australia, joined Oct 2007, 155 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 22377 times:

I cant remember when or by whom, but when I was young someone told me not to flush the toilet while sitting down on a plane. The suction would cause you to become stuck. Not that I do it with any toilet, but is there any realistic hazard? Also should there be a warning for fat-bottomed passengers? Big grin

I know its probably myth but I'd love to know.

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User currently offlinePP705 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 22366 times:

U really wanna know? Take a lot at one possibilty..........http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/4265704/  laughing 

User currently offlineIAD51FL From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 354 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 22365 times:

False - Trying to find a video of the test.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...scuit_Bazooka.2C_Leaping_Lawyer.22

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User currently offlineN104UA From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 914 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 22239 times:

Actually Myth Busters did this and if you are heavy enough and it is an older a/c this can happen, now since this has come about the seat is raised about 1.5 cm to allow another way for air to get in as to not create a vacuum but in older a/c, not many still flying there is not the 1.5 cm gap


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User currently offlineAFGMEL From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 22231 times:

I remember years ago reading about a tubby lass getting stuck. I seem to recall that she hadn't put the seat down. (eww). Might have been on SA.


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User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1985 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 22175 times:

I stand up anyhow to not avoid any splash back!


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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5822 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 22099 times:



Quoting N104UA (Reply 3):
and it is an older a/c this can happen

That makes no sense. Older airplanes (and even some new ones) don't have vacuum lavatories... there's no way to get stuck on a blue-goo toilet, as all the water is contained in the bottom of the pan.


User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3150 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 22047 times:

It's actually more likely on newer aircraft like the 170/190 and A320s which utilize a vacuum system rather than blue juice.

I would highly suggest against sitting while flushing a lav in the 170 in cruise. We had a pax get stuck on one for a while and require some assistance getting unstuck. And this is why you could never pay me enough to be a flight attendant.  Smile



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User currently offlineMerlinIIIB From Norway, joined Aug 2005, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 21820 times:

A person got seriously stucked on a Norwegian train in the late 1980s. The vacuum was so effective that the fire brigade had to work for quite some time to release her. It made big headlines here, and I hope they re-designed it. Alternative path for air flow should prevent this from happening.

User currently offlineSAA201 From South Africa, joined May 2001, 512 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 21809 times:



Quoting AFGMEL (Reply 4):
I remember years ago reading about a tubby lass getting stuck. I seem to recall that she hadn't put the seat down. (eww). Might have been on SA.

It was indeed, on a A300 if I recall.


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 21537 times:

The version I heard was more gory. Not only the butt got stuck, but the intestines were sucked out as well....


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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 21251 times:



Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 7):
It's actually more likely on newer aircraft like the 170/190 and A320s which utilize a vacuum system rather than blue juice.

Actually No..... although a vacuum system there is no way to ever offer a pure seal that would get you stuck to the toilet. It's just a BS myth



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User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2998 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 21215 times:

For a humorous take on this subject: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/c...ed1217keillordec17,0,219927.column


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User currently offlineNaritaflyer From Japan, joined Apr 2006, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 21122 times:

I could never understand people sitting down on an airplane toilet. Even with that thin wax paper they provide does not provide sufficient germ protection.

User currently offlineCALMSP From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3969 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 21004 times:
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who the hell even sits on one of those things????


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User currently offlineHatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1500 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 20828 times:



Quoting Naritaflyer (Reply 14):
could never understand people sitting down on an airplane toilet. Even with that thin wax paper they provide does not provide sufficient germ protection.

I think that is actually a myth, you can't get someone's germs from using the same toilet....unless of course they miss and the seat is not clean...


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 20774 times:
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Quoting CALMSP (Reply 15):
who the hell even sits on one of those things????

Ever needed a dump half way through a 14 hour flight?



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User currently offlineDazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 20754 times:



Quoting CALMSP (Reply 15):
who the hell even sits on one of those things????

Don't women travel on aircraft as well? I'm sure I saw some on the last flight I took.

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User currently offlineFatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2441 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 20392 times:

I didn't hear any of these versions! Confused
Not gonna try that, though!  Silly


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User currently offlineCALMSP From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3969 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 19949 times:
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Quoting Andz (Reply 19):

hell no!!! I made my HKG-EWR flight only using the bathroom once...........thats why you force yourself to before you leave your hotel room!



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User currently offlineUnited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2708 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 19829 times:



Quoting Dazbo5 (Reply 20):
Don't women travel on aircraft as well? I'm sure I saw some on the last flight I took.

My wife tells me that she "hovers" above public toliet seats. Must be tough during turbulence...

Quoting Andz (Reply 19):
Ever needed a dump half way through a 14 hour flight?

Never! You gotta know when to hold em...


User currently offlineCALMSP From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3969 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 19585 times:
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maybe this happens on the Aussie flights only................since the toilet flushes the other way!!!


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User currently offlineStevev1000 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 19444 times:

All I can say is 3 words ....

Blue Ball Wash .....


User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1030 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 19417 times:



Quoting N104UA (Reply 3):
Actually Myth Busters did this and if you are heavy enough and it is an older a/c this can happen, now since this has come about the seat is raised about 1.5 cm to allow another way for air to get in as to not create a vacuum but in older a/c, not many still flying there is not the 1.5 cm gap

I remember that episode, but I don't remember them coming to that conclusion (though it has been ages since I've seen it). What I do remember is:

1) It's impossible if you're sitting on the actual toilet seat, like most people would. Since there's a gap between the seat and the rim of the toilet there's no way to form a seal.

2) (If I remember correctly) They demonstrated that even if you did sit down without putting the seat down, it would still be rather difficult to form a good enough seal to get you stuck to the seat, since regardless of how large you are there will always be gaps in places such as between your legs or yout butt crack.

BTW, I'm not sure what you mean by older aircraft. I'm pretty sure the toilet they used for their tests came from an old DC-9.


User currently offlineKhobar From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2379 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 19287 times:



Quoting Naritaflyer (Reply 14):
I could never understand people sitting down on an airplane toilet. Even with that thin wax paper they provide does not provide sufficient germ protection.

Another Mythbusters show demonstrated that the toilet seat is actually pretty darn clean, much cleaner, in fact, than anywhere else they tested in the building they were in.

And a dog's mouth is cleaner than Adam's, too, just for the record.


25 DAL763ER : Anyone seen Soul Plane? That'll answer your question...The guy's bottom was literally sucked in the toilet and he sued the airline for something like
26 Skydrol : Or how about 4 dumps on a 3 hour flight? It is very easy to over-simplify with a comment like from CALMSP, but in real-life there are people that hav
27 DesertFlyer : The way any problem is avoided on many trains is you lower the seat cover to flush the seat. This means you physically cannot flush while sitting down
28 Viaggiare : I could imagine the cartoon sound effect when they pried her off, "ffffFONK! If airline toilets really do have this kind of suction power, why haven'
29 TupolevTu154 : Well I guess it's an effective way of relieving constipation
30 Litz : Train toilets (those that are pneumatically powered) run off the air line that provides braking down the length of the train. This is typically 90 ps
31 Shamrock321 : What a bizzare topic! I wouldnt like to have my a-nus stuck on an airplane toilet, altough I would refrain from having a number 2 on board an airplane
32 1821 : I'll tell u something when u r travelliing from SYD to LHR onroute to manchester and u need to make a deposit that desperatley then beleive me u do no
33 GFFgold : Until fairly recently there was a notice over the wc on local flights around eastern Indonesia advising people not to stand on top of the toilet seat.
34 Aviateur : The toilet story is an urban myth. Snopes.com has a thing about it. PS
35 Observer : Sounds like a thing for Mythbusters. Which one of the two guys do you want to see test this one?
36 Spr773 : Well in my opinion if you flush while you are seated...you would probably end up with a blue bottom and gosh....if you tried to clean it and the color
37 Skydrol : What a bizarre comment! ! I am typing... but really I am speechless... LD4
38 Malaysia : flushing a vacuum toilet while sitting on it is unsanitary. cause the wet droplets from the water that helps wash a bit of the toilet can fly up, you
39 Smi0006 : On an interesting side not I remember hearing about a FA at QFlink on the dash 8 the flap that kept the blue liquid down was broken thus when the airc
40 1821 : I was implying the relief after wards!!!! I meant no harm by it. If i did then i apologize!!!
41 Glareskin : Hey Skydrol, you've got a good name for this topic. Drol is the Dutch word for doodie.......
42 Naritaflyer : They squat and hover over the seat. They do not touch it. Years and years ago a woman told me that about public washrooms. That's what I also do. Sea
43 Hiflyer : Naaaahh do not ever flush sitting down you will be sucked from the inside out and your intestines will end up in a corn field in Iowa....... Just kidd
44 EDICHC : Recommended viewing on this subject.... find a video/dvd of Billy Connolly and his views on what he calls the "Jobby wheecher" on aircraft.
45 Ikramerica : They also swabbed people's butts and their faces (too different swabs), and found that the face swabs filled the petri dish in short order, but not t
46 EDICHC : I could quite belive that. As an RN I frequently have to attend Infection Control updates and some of the things we learn there would make your hair
47 Ikramerica : Well, I guess eating an eclair out of the trash can isn't such a big deal after all.
48 Aloha717200 : this is probably the funniest thread I've read on here in a very long time.
49 HRC773 : I suppose if your big enough and you're sitting on the toilet with the seat up (yuk!) you could seal the toilet opening and the vaccum pump would prob
50 Ikramerica : And of course, there is a very simple solution for equalizing the pressure. It's built into every human body, and fat people seem to produce a lot mo
51 EDICHC : Yup! You just can't beat a bit of good old toilet humour!
52 1821 : Thanx mate. I'm only stating the obvious
53 NASCARAirforce : Did it yesterday on an Air Tran 737 flight MCO-ATL - nothing happened.
54 Max777geek : Id suggest avoid sitting on any public lav inside or outside any public place. Alternative path for air will not prevent people to do insane things,
55 Post contains links Aviateur : Re: toilets and airplanes Sorry, I cannot resist the self-promotion... http://www.airliners.net/aviation-articles/read.main?id=69 PS
56 SANMAN66 : You should read the thread about ANA wanting to install bidets on their 787s.That was pretty funny too!
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