Plane toilets to get even smaller

2013-04-04 12:36
Very few passengers on a plane enjoy going to the toilet. Partly due to the possibility of connecting your forehead to the mirror during sudden turbulent as well as that unsettling suction sound when flushing. But essentially the agony of the experience boils down to space or lack thereof.

The Daily Mail reports the airline industry is considering decreasing the size of on board bathrooms in an attempt to reduce costs.

Delta Airlines is one of the first carriers to order new on-board lavatories that will be smaller than the 3x3-foot-dimension toilets currently widely in use.  In return the airline will gain four more economy seats on its 737-900 aircraft for the change in bathroom size.

The airline is convince passengers will not notice the difference, as the extra room will be harvested from space behind the sink units, which it says is currently wasted.

The airline said these lesser-proportioned loos will start to appear on the US-based airline’s fleet of 737 aircraft later this year, but only in the economy compartments.

The move is expected to be the start of a toilet downsizing process that will see rival airlines rushing to keep up with any competitive advantage, at risk of the passengers comfort.

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