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post #1 of 14
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...-boarding.html


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Airline asks passengers to use the toilet before boarding... so they will weigh less and help cut carbon emission.
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Airline staff will be present at boarding gates in terminals to ask passengers waiting to fly to relieve themselves before boarding, The Independent reported.

post #2 of 14
I always did that anyway to try to avoid having to spend time in the pocket-size bathroom.
post #3 of 14
And on the news tonight they talked about the fees that airlines are going to start charging for things like blankets and pillows ($12), snacks ($8), and best yet, to use their toilet (no price quoted).

So it might be a very good idea to use the bathroom before you board, regardless of having less weight and helping the carbon footprint.
post #4 of 14
New reasons every day NOT to fly
post #5 of 14
Well, they already charge for food, so that is no news... Depending on what you eat, and the time of the day, you pay more or less. It is is usually around $5-8. The only thing you get for free are the soft drinks the peanuts. Some airlines will give you a little snack bar, but that is rare.
One or two airlines will give you a sandwich but that is EXTREMELY RARE, like hit the lottery rare. Pillows and blankets are extremely limited - there are probably 15-20 per flight, usually; AA already sells them, $5 per set....
All this does not apply for international flights, where you are served all meals, and provided with blankets and pillows, of course.
Let's not forget that the price for the tickets have historically gone considerably lower, making flying a much more affordable type of transportation... IMO, paying a few $$$ for food is really not a big deal... I am paying for transportation, and I see that the prices for the tickets are very very reasonable to say the least. So, when they are giving me $100 discount on my ticket, why am I going to complain on the $5 I am going to pay for a sandwich?
As far as the bathroom goes, good - maybe this way some guys will start aiming at the right place (as in the toilet) when going to the bathroom, instead of peeing all over the place. There are only a feel things worst than an airplane bathroom... yuck...
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
And on the news tonight they talked about the fees that airlines are going to start charging for things like blankets and pillows ($12), snacks ($8), and best yet, to use their toilet (no price quoted).
That would be really dumb, since if it's too much or people aren't carrying cash or whatever, there's going to be an increase in this kind of thing (weak stomachs are warned; third paragraph).
post #7 of 14
Those suggestions are so ridiculous that I actually checked snopes to see if they were true. Nothing there yet, but it smacks of a joke to me.
post #8 of 14
That sounds stupid seeing as how people getting up on a plane to use the toilet is more often than not the only time that people will get up on a plane.

Sounds to me that more people who DONT use the restroom on a plane will be at a higher risk for DVT's.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Those suggestions are so ridiculous that I actually checked snopes to see if they were true. Nothing there yet, but it smacks of a joke to me.

I'll have to agree with this one - seems too over the top to be true

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Nekomania View Post
Sounds to me that more people who DONT use the restroom on a plane will be at a higher risk for DVT's.
My understanding is that if you're healthy those things aren't a significant risk until past the time when you would need a restroom anyway even if you went just before boarding. In case I'm wrong about that, though, I take ibuprofen before (and if necessary during) flights as per the bottle's directions if I had a headache, because one of the side effects is that it's a blood thinner so it would take even more for the blood to clot internally. I believe aspirin does the same thing (if I understand correctly that's why you should take aspirin if you think you're having a heart attack).

I don't know anyone who's had that problem (and I come from a family of flyers), but it's still good to take simple steps to avoid it.

Oh, another Stupid Human-In-Flight Trick: if you have trouble clearing your ears after takeoff or during approach, having a decongestant in your system whether you feel like you need it or not can help. For my money, pre-reformulation Sudafed that you have to ask for is the best. Benadryl doesn't seem to do much for that (but is great on flights that are long enough for a nap but not long enough for an overnight sleeping pill).
post #11 of 14
Sadly, it is not a joke, The boss of Ryanair in the UK, whose airline is the byword for charging for every little thing (though with by far the lowest ticket costs of any airline) was interviewed last week when he confirmed that Ryanair are considering toilet charges. They already charge for checking in at the airport (you have to do it online before you leave home) and for paying them for your ticket - a surcharge on every form of payment except Visa Electron, which few people have.

But if you can travel from London to Dublin for 2 pence (yes, really), including taxes as long as you check in at home and carry no luggage, then maybe it is a good thing.
post #12 of 14
I cant find the article but I seen this already and it confirmed it was only for short-haul flights, who really needs a blanket, pillow etc for a 2-3 hour flight? I can go 3 hours without a restroom break and always go before boarding a plane because I hate the tiny washrooms on them
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
I can go 3 hours without a restroom break and always go before boarding a plane because I hate the tiny washrooms on them
*memory jiggle* I had a thought related to that a while back...what if, on the larger planes that have more than one restroom, they worked things around to where they had the free restroom and the good restroom that you had to pay for? I'd pay a bit to be comfortable while taking care of business.

They'd probably have to time it, and put it near the flight attendants' area since more space might otherwise lead to more people trying to join the mile high club, but people would rather pay for a new service than one they already take for granted and nice restrooms on a plane would be enough of an innovation that people would pay to try it so they could say they did.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
I can go 3 hours without a restroom break and always go before boarding a plane because I hate the tiny washrooms on them
I always make a restroom stop as close to boarding as I can, and normally it's not a problem. But on my last flight of less than 3 hours they gave me the entire can of diet coke and I honestly didn't think I could make it to landing. First time I've used the inflight bathroom in ages - but I would seriously have forked over some cash for the privelege of using it
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