Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Airline to have "Female" Toilets

I have to admit – the headline took about .3 seconds to catch my attention: “Women only: [Japanese] airline to have female toilets” (

Aside from causing me to ask important questions like, what part of its anatomy makes a toilet female?, I also had deeper and pontific-er questions, like, how is it that the Japanese found time to come up with this idea in the midst of trying to rescue Princess Peach?

After I finish responding to my hate mail, I’ll call your attention to December, 2009 – when a Nigerian man locked himself in the bathroom of Northwest flight 253 and refused to come out despite repeated threats from airline staff. After an F.B. I. investigation, it was discovered this was a more serious case than anyone thought – of food poisoning.

Not long after that, there was the incident with Fransisco Hernandez, who was interrogated by a flight attendant shortly after he dismissed himself from the restroom. The attendant’s insistence that Hernandez was doing drugs in the bathroom prompted an investigation of the white dust on the bathroom floor, which turned out to smell suspiciously like baby powder.

Then there’s Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary, who recently reported wanted to charge a fee for airline bathroom use. This, of course, created uproar with the passengers.

Strangely, though, it was only men who protested. Word has it that the women pooled their money and made one joined trip to the bathroom, where they stayed for hours and yet no one accused them of anything…

B.J. Hamrick is a local writer who can be reached at,, or -- unless she’s excused herself to the little girls’ room.


Debra Weiss said...

LOL, I love your wacky sense of humor, BJ! :)


banderclip said...

Haha! Thanks for the laugh. :)

K.M. Weiland said...

I avoid airplane bathrooms as much as possible. Hundreds of people using one little teeny-tiny place... icky. Don't ask me why it's any ickier than the restroom in the airport, which is another teeny-tiny placed used by those same hundreds of people - it just is! :p

BJ Hamrick said...

Haha, thanks Debbie!

Thanks for laughing, Christy.

KM - I avoid them too! But when you have a bladder the size of a Baptist communion cup...

Mia said...

LOL! :) I agree with K.M. Weiland. I avoid the bathrooms on airplanes. Except once, while I was on a 9 hour flight, I *attempted* to use it, only the door was stuck on the outside, even though no one was in there. After about 10 minutes of me yanking on the stupid handle, and dozens of amused people looking on, someone finally came and helped me. Yeah, I get into embarrassing situations like that.

Another friend of mine used the bathroom before the plane even took off, promptly got locked in, and delayed the flight 15 minutes because they couldn't take off unless he was in his seat. LOL. Do you see why I hate those bathrooms now???

BJ Hamrick said...

Mia - That's too funny! Love your stories; you should blog about them!

I know all about waiting--for the right guy, for high school to end, for my boobs to come in (two out of three ain't bad).

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