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Using The Lav's...dude...  
User currently offlineSEA nw DC10 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 491 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1570 times:

Dude, I work for Northwest. I fly on average 3 round trips a week. I would rather sit in cow maneur then use a lav on a plane (besides the ones in the back of our DC10's) I get a kick out of seeing people on flights that have almost 2 hours of waiting in the terminal to board a plane, but, right after the plane takes off, sometimes even before the captain turns the belt sign off, there's a line to use the lav's. Do passengers just want to explore this territory, or do they really, really need to go? Is the air-preasure change during take off just too much for the bladder? Does that feeling of raw power on take off just make you want to pee? My opinion is that it's there, it's free, so they are going to use it. It's just like airline meals. Even though you aren't hungary, you still take and want the meal. If it's somthing that you would normally not even come close to on the ground, you still eat it because it's free and it's there. LOL I just find it funny, before I worked for the airlines I did the same thing. Be honest now...


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User currently offlineStrickerje From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

My opinion is that it's there, it's free, so they are going to use it.

Hey, good reason. My dad told me that an airport he went to a couple years ago (Tokyo, I think, but don't quote me on that...) had pay toilets! So, hey, it's free, why not?  Smile

-Jeffrey S.

User currently offlineDelta fly boy From Japan, joined Oct 2000, 242 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1421 times:

I don't know about those bathrooms on NWA, but ours at DL aren't THAT bad... I think most public restrooms are 10X worse than what i see on an a/c. I think it's a little bit of a few things as to why ppl run to the lavs. 1. because they do realy need to, and 2, because they just don't wanna sit in their seats.. there's really no other place to go on an airplane but the lav.  Smile

User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1404 times:

Go when you need to go.

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User currently offlineNWAirlines From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1403 times:

Do passengers just want to explore this territory,

I do. I want to get up and walk by the galley just to see what's happening and what the F/A's are doing back there. I also just want to stand up and stretch or while I'm waiting, I usually go to look out the windows.

User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

GREAT observation! I've noticed the same thing myself. What's the deal? Seems like they'd take a leak before they board the plane. Were they afraid the plane would leave with out them before the scheduled departure time? Fat chance! I can't believe people need to use the WC sooner than 1 1/2 or 2 hours into the flight. If you have a problem, wear Depends. I don't think it has anything to do with being free, it's just a matter of planning ahead. YES, you do have time to take a leak AFTER the first boarding call of your flight. And, if you wouldn't take 5 carry-ons, you wouldn't have to stress about boarding early to find time to store you junk.

User currently offlineJAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1377 times:

I personally avoid it as much as possible. In fact, on a recent flight from AMS to YYZ I didn't not use the lav once, in fact I didn't get up the whole flight.

User currently offlineSCXmechanic From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 534 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1365 times:

What disgusts me is watching people go to use the lavs BAREFOOT!!! How revolting!

"No, that's not warm water on the floor in the lavs"

User currently offlineSteinwayartist From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 66 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1357 times:


Jel ti smeta da ljudi na bilo koj let Jat-a mogu da puse? To mi je tolko neprijatno.

I was just telling Jat that I hate it how on JAT flights, the passengers are allowed to smoke before, during, and after the flight. It's completely revolting. I thought it was a universal FAA rule that stated smoking was forbidden on any aircraft.


User currently offlineFlygirl From Canada, joined Jun 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1340 times:

I really had to laugh at your topic and post. How true. Some even beeline for the lav as they are boarding!

Just my opinion but I think it is related to the herding effect that is encouraged by airlines in the gate area and attended to most by the infrequent traveller and the standbys. If there isn't a washroom within the boarding gate these people don't dare move out of the area for fear that they will miss their flight or not hear an important announcement. So they cross their legs (or whatever) and anticipate relief once they are boarded because at that point they feelsafe that they aren't going to miss the flight or have their seat given away because nature called with bad timing.

User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1334 times:

Don't forget that there are people with... ummm.. "problems" that cause them to have to go often.. Also, the lavs on NWA are good too..


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User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1674 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (13 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1303 times:
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What do people do on some commuter aircraft, such as the Metro, that don't have lavs?

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Richmond, VA

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User currently offlineCorey777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1293 times:

What do people do on some commuter aircraft, such as the Metro, that don't have lavs?

Stand on the top step of the airstair door and pee onto the ramp.  Big grin


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1234 times:

Think about it.....You've been knocking back preflight drinks in the bar next to the gate.........and you know how fast alcohol goes to the bladder........................

User currently offlineSN-A330 From Belgium, joined Aug 2001, 1129 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1232 times:

i think it's nice observing all those people on their way to the lav's or waiting in a long line in the aisle

I would rather be flying...
User currently offlineJahckass From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1214 times:

I dont know about you, but I for one have a problem with the fasten seat belt sign, no matter how many times I use the facilities at the airport, I always have to go just after take off, then again right after the fasten seat belt sign goes on prior to landing. I'm usually the one running from the plane to the bathroom just after landing. I think the fasten seat belt sign just has that effect on me.

User currently offlineHepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (13 years 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

I've noticed the same thing! Immediately after boarding, there's always a line in front of the lav, even before takeoff. I find it very annoying.

I think it has to do with planning. When I was growing up, my mother taught me how to plan ahead before going out (from what I see, it doesn't seem like many parents still teach this to their children). She taught me always to empty your bladder and bowels at home before going out, and to avoid public toilets as much as possible. That lesson has stuck with me into adulthood. Whenever I go out in public, I almost never need to use the WC. Whenever I fly, I NEVER need to go to the lav, as I've already prepared before boarding. As a matter of fact, I never get up, period, no matter how long the flight. As a matter of fact, I have no idea what an aircraft lav looks like. So far I've never had a problem, and the longest flight I've had was about 12 hours.

Of course there are those with illnesses that need to go often, like that nice old man that sat next to me once on a transatlantic flight, but for the life of me, I just can't understand why there's always such a long line before each lav. Doesn't anyone regulate themselves?

User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (13 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1185 times:

Hepkat - your mama never flew out of MCI. Once your in the gate - your in the gate...restrooms are outside security and you've got to reclear security if you gotta go. Sometimes, dragging the carryons out of the gate, into the bathroom, back thru security, etc. is kind of a big hassle. So, just wait til you're on the plane. Also, believe it or not there are a large number of people who hold a certain fear of flying. Takeoffs can be pretty intense for them, and fright sometimes has a way of working it's way to the bladder.

User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (13 years 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1170 times:

A similar thing I have noticed is why the hell do people get up and get their hand luggage etc the second the a/c has come to a stand-before the doors are open or air bridge is in place? They only have longer to wait in the baggage hall.....I took an easyJet flight from BCN to LTN recently and was the last one off the plane (except the crew) and was still one of the first to get my bags from the carousel,I was on my way home long before most of the other pax.

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