Big Lavatory Concept

Researchers at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences put on their thinking caps and came up with a revolutionary idea. They call it the "Big Lavatory Concept" or BigLavC for short. Their idea is to take existing airplane toilets and make them jumbo sized, so they'll be easier for overweight and disabled people to use. []

I'm all for bigger toilets, but since there's a limited amount of space in an airplane, if you make the bathroom twice the size, won't that mean you'll end up with fewer bathrooms overall? And thus longer lines for the loo?

But of course, I'm being naive. These big bathrooms will probably only be for first-class passengers. And to make room for them they'll get rid of the economy-class toilets entirely and just hand out buckets.

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 11, 2013
     Category: Bathrooms | Flight | Air Travel and Airlines

Buckets will be for business class only. Sardine section can just open a window.

BTW, on C130 AF planes there's just a little flip-top box one can do HIS #1 into. The girls have to cork it. (Or, that's the way it ustawuz.)
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/11/13 at 08:57 AM
I wish that there was better ventilation around any lavatory spot on a plane. Worst experience was connecting with a flight in Paris that originated out of Eastern Europe.
Posted by KDP on 04/11/13 at 10:06 AM
Meanwhile, on the other side of the real world, B/E Areospace has been hired by an airlines to refit its Boeing 737 fleet with *smaller* lavatories to free up enough extra space onboard the planes to squeeze in "up to six incremental passenger seats per aircraft."
Posted by tadchem on 04/11/13 at 01:45 PM
I think many people don't realize like on an airline the toilets on a cruise ship work on a vacuum system (not gravity). So when electric fails the toilets do not work and can backflow when the negative pressure goes away.

We have been on seven cruises. We would NEVER take one again unless it was on a premium line. Twenty+ years ago things were much different. Our best was on the SS Norway (formally the SS France). It finally succumbed to a fire and was scrapped many years after our sailing.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 04/11/13 at 01:50 PM
"Not only does the layout of the toilet make it easier for large people, or special needs passengers, to use the facilities, it is also pitched as a way for airlines to make money, with an integrated infotainment display in the loo targeting short commercials at a captive audience."

Oops, I broke the screen ... and the speaker, too. Sor-ry. :D

-Cougar :{)
Posted by Cougar Allen on 04/12/13 at 02:41 PM
Who's gonna sit in the chair beside the toilet anyway??
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/12/13 at 08:35 PM
A certain budget airline that shall remain unnamed by me,(it rhymes with fly in air) Has been charging for restroom visits for quite some time. :long:
@Patty I Think that's the wheelchair. :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 04/12/13 at 09:39 PM
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