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January 12, 2004

The toilet: tool of terrorists

Passengers on transoceanic flights to the US are no longer allowed to queue for the toilet at the behest of Homeland Security. Frankly, if you can't go for a piss when you want on a 12-hour flight from Sydney to Los Angeles, the terrorists have already won. As reported in The Age: 'the chief executive of the Board of Airline Representatives of Australia, Warren Bennett, said the decision bordered on American paranoia. He said it would place "enormous stress" on flight crew.' I worry more about the stress on the passengers.

Just how far is this paranoia going to go? Does every country need to roll over and accept every ludicrous demand from the US? At least the Brazilians are getting their own back.

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Maybe the flight attendants can start handing out "bathroom passes" like we had to have in high school. Geez, if international flights start resembling high school, I'll start flying less.

Posted by: jay on January 12, 2004 05:04 PM

If they start with bathroom passes, then they'll have to allow smoking in the bathroom...or should we just sneak a cig and hope we don't get caught. Getting caught would definately end in a ruler slap on our chins...humh, flying could get fun!

Posted by: jamie on January 13, 2004 09:39 AM

I thought the rule against queuing was to keep the aisle from getting clogged and preventing the free flow of attendants, carts, and other people with benign destinations. It was a little frustrating this last year to get up occasionally and find that the maximum number were already waiting, but it wasn't too bothersome.

Maybe there could be numbered ticket system, like at the deli or the DMV. Once having taken a ticket, you'd return to your seat to watch for your number to come up. (And as Steven Wright suggests, you could scalp the low numbers.)

Posted by: Gary on January 13, 2004 09:42 AM
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