Pee Before You Fly — It's the Law

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Just when I thought I’d heard everything in regards to airline policies, my travel agent friend Ann sent me a note about Air Nippon’s new policy. To keep it succinct, we’ll just call it “pee before you fly”; because that’s what they want you to do.

Yep, you read that right.

According to the airline, this new policy is an attempt to reduce their carbon emissions by reducing fuel consumption; because as we all know, empty bladders weight less than full bladders. And when we weigh less, we use less fuel.

OK, whatever.

But wait, that’s not all. It’s not just a suggestion — it’s a mandate. According to the London Daily Metro, “The new regulation will be policed by ‘loo monitors’, who stand by boarding gates and take waiting passengers to the lavatories before they embark.”

OK, I think they’ve gone a bit too far on that one. What’s next — a free upgrade if you do a #2?

But on the access side of things, it’s actually a good thing. It’s always a good idea to use the ground facilities as close to boarding time as possible, because frankly even the “accessible” airline lavatories are abysmal. Now, when you make that last minute dash to the loo, you don’t have to worry about missing your flight. And you can feel good about yourself, because you are apparently reducing your carbon footprint.

Alas, this trial policy set to end on October 31, 2009; but if you fly ANA during October expect to be asked to do your business before you board.

I’m all in favor of doing whatever we can to save the environment, but I think this policy needs a bit of fine-tuning. Quite a bit!

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