Wednesday, February 24, 2010

No more arguing about leaving the seat up

From Feb. 23rd USATODAY Today in the Sky...

Beginning Monday, women flying on ANA's international flights will no longer have to worry about men leaving the toilet seat up. That's when Japanese carrier says it will start adding "women-only" lavatories on its international flights.

In a press release, ANA says it's making the move "following numerous requests from passengers for this service." ANA adds "one women-only lavatory will be designated in the aft section of the passenger cabin," though the airline says the "location may differ depending on aircraft and configuration." The women-only lavatories will not be available on ANA's smaller Boeing 737 and Airbus A319 jets, even when they fly international routes. But, on jets where they are available, ANA says the women-only facilities "will be available for use by women passengers in all classes of service."

ANA says men will be allowed to use the women-only lavatories only in special circumstances, such as for safety reasons or because of an illness or sickness that requires immediate access to a lavatory. ANA also says the lavatories may become unisex "when there are very few female passengers and the women-only designation has been lifted for the flight." An announcement will be made in such cases, the airline says.

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