The worst part about travelling on an aeroplane is by far going to the bathroom. I don’t mind taking off and landing (although I can’t say the same for my partner) but going to the aeroplane bathroom remains an uncomfortable activity that I’d rather avoid if at all possible. It’s not so easy on a 9 hour flight to Florida though, so unfortunately I have to resign myself to reluctantly using one whenever I’m stuck on a long haul flight.
The problem is that aeroplane bathrooms are so tiny that it’s difficult to actually do anything. I know we’re only going in for one thing – it’s not like I’m expecting to be able to have a bath in there – but you do want a bit of free space around you in order to carry out an act of nature comfortably. So, I was a bit flabbergasted to read that some airplane toilets may be about to get even smaller! Pretty soon we might not even be able to move our arms in there, leading to some awkward incidents when you end up getting wedged in the toilet for most of the flight.
It’s all about cutting costs in a time where airlines are going out of business, leaving people stranded and unable to get home. By making the bathrooms smaller it will allow airlines to fit more seats into the aeroplane, which obviously means more paying passengers. US airline Delta Airlines will be the first to implement the change, fitting them to 737-900 aircraft and freeing up space for four extra seats in economy class in the process.
Delta Airlines insists that passengers won’t really notice the difference, as the extra space is coming from reducing space behind the sink units. However, rivals will be quick to imitate Delta’s move and that means that they won’t necessarily reduce bathroom sizes in the same way. It does beg the question of whether or not reducing passenger comfort is worth a few extra seats though, and it’s also important to note that this change is only happening in economy and not first class.
What do you think of this change? Do you try and avoid using airplane bathrooms as much as possible anyway? Thankfully we don’t have to put up with bathrooms being so tiny in our own homes, although small bathrooms can still be adapted to feel more spacious too.
‘Objects may seem larger than they appear’ image by Matt MacGillivray on Flickr (licensed under Creative Commons)