Smaller Airplane Lavatory on the Way

May 5, 2013 by

Plane lavatory

Are you a traveler who does what they can to avoid using the bathroom when flying? Ranks of others may be following your lead in the near future.

Onboard bathrooms are cramped and as the flight goes on, they tend to get a little rank…dirty… or well-used to say the least. Now, according to The Wall Street Journal, the bathrooms onboard Delta are going to shrink in the near future.

That’s right, those already small bathrooms are going to get smaller.

Delta 746

Modular Lavatory System

The new bathrooms on board 737-900s are due to be unveiled later this year. The space saved is going to allow for four more seats in coach. The new, smaller restroom model is known as a modular lavatory system (MLS).

The exact dimensions have not be released yet, but the new design is supposed to absorb some currently unused space behind the sink and one of the exterior walls.

Germaphobes and those who just try to stay healthy will find not touching germy surfaces in the diminished lavatory space more difficult since the room will be more…cozy. Surfaces of airline restrooms are already breeding grounds for germs that cause flu, colds, and other illnesses. Now it will just be a little harder to avoid touching those surfaces.

What Can You Do?

There may not be much consumers can do but complain. According to the Department of Transportation, last year the U.S. airline industry increased the load limit. So planes with already stuffed overhead compartments will be able to squeeze in a few more people with the extra seating. Right now, the average mainline jet offers one restroom for every 50 passengers.

With that in mind, be sure to pack your hand sanitizer and wipes.

Photo credits: chuck.taylor, Andrei Dimofte

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  1. Penny W. says:

    Is it even possible to make them smaller?? Have you ever tried to take a small child who is being potty trained into one of these? HELL, I tell you!

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