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Using The Lav's...dude...

Sat Sep 01, 2001 7:12 am

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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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Sat Sep 01, 2001 8:26 am

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

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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Sat Sep 01, 2001 9:04 am

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
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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Sat Sep 01, 2001 9:13 am

Go when you need to go.
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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Sat Sep 01, 2001 9:14 am

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.
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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Sat Sep 01, 2001 9:53 am

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. has many forums. It has spell check and search functions. Use them before posting!
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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Sat Sep 01, 2001 9:58 am

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.
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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Sat Sep 01, 2001 10:46 am

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"
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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Sat Sep 01, 2001 10:55 am


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.

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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Sat Sep 01, 2001 11:24 am

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.
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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Sat Sep 01, 2001 11:27 am

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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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Sat Sep 01, 2001 1:46 pm

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

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Sat Sep 01, 2001 3:30 pm

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

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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Fri Sep 07, 2001 5:43 pm

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........................
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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Fri Sep 07, 2001 5:58 pm

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...
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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Fri Sep 07, 2001 7:23 pm

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.
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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Fri Sep 07, 2001 8:38 pm

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?
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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Fri Sep 07, 2001 11:41 pm

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.
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RE: Using The Lav's...dude...

Sat Sep 08, 2001 12:02 am

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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