Runway Girl has done a very through review of the consequences of downsizing galleys and toilets in order to squeeze in more seats, but without mentioning the unmentionable. A lack of room for users to wipe their bums.
This is already a problem in some supposedly high quality carriers where it is clear no one in management has actually used a toilet for its intended purpose, which is to pass excrement, and then attempted to properly attend to personal hygiene.
It affects Airbus and Boeing designs, current and future. The problem had become apparent well before the advent of the Airbus A320 family of planes Space Flex 2 gallery/lavatory option which is the subject of such intensive review by the Runway Girl story.
What sort of business model is it that causes pain, embarrassment and humiliation and a degradation of person hygiene in an airline’s passengers, while presenting serious occupational health and safety issues for the cabin crew?
When will someone say STOP and draw a line under these attacks on fundamental amenity and cleanliness in the facilities made available in-flight?
I would like to see heads of airlines that are responsible for what goes into their fleets required to use these facilities in ‘everyday circumstances’ before signing off on their use, and in all classes of travel.
At the moment the crucial contest seems to be between the approximately 200 seat capacity in all economy formats of the Boeing 737 MAX 200 (especially built for Ryanair) and a competing high density fitout in Airbus A320s, which currently fly with up to 180 seats as seen with Jetstar and Tigerair Australia.
It seems extraordinary that the focus groups, bean counters and managers in the airline game at large need to be reminded of something they must have been taught during childhood toilet training.
You clean yourself, you clean your hands, and these actions are not just profoundly important for your own health, but in limiting the risk of the spread of some diseases. It ought be a fundamental design requirement, even if it costs a few seats that would rarely be sold anyhow.