Bag it - Dutch find wee solution

2011-10-08 07:36

Amsterdam - The Dutch national railway has an unusual solution for passengers who need the bathroom on a train line designed without them: plastic bags.

The rail operator underlined that the bags, introduced on Friday, are for use in emergencies only, when a train has stopped and passengers can't be evacuated.

The idea has been met with incredulity by politicians and the general public already unhappy with the short-haul "Sprinter" trains' bathroomless design.

NS spokesperson Eric Trinthamer confirmed on Friday the "pee-bag" plan is not a joke. The bags are kept out of sight in the conductor's booth.

The bags have a cup-shaped plastic top and contain a highly absorbent material that turns urine into a gel-like mixture.

After use the bags can be sealed and thrown in the trash.

  • Idomeneo - 2011-10-08 10:15

    Nothing new about this. I keep one in the car in case of traffic jams. I was held up on the N2 for two hours because of an accident once, and my "wee-jon" came in very handy.

  • Benzo - 2011-10-08 10:22

    Sprinter trains are short haul trajects. If you cannot manage the time/distance (incontnence?), this bag is a creative solution. Could be a bit of a bother to use when in winter clothing :-))

      Antwahn - 2011-10-08 12:34

      Not as much of a bother as when you had to go and found no loo on the train. (Like when you pissed out of the window and then had to face a very big, very angry man with a wet face.)

  • RoyalDutch - 2011-10-08 10:55

    So if you have to go, Where would you use it? In a quiet corner?

      Antwahn - 2011-10-08 12:40

      If they are too mean to install a costly loo, why don't they just put a little tree in a corner? Takes at least care of the men's problem.

  • Antwahn - 2011-10-08 12:09

    I for one, would stay far away from speeding trains there! How do we know the Dutch won't throw their bags angrily out of the windows -after having been subjected to such crazy treatment?

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