First and foremost
Let’s discuss the various holes in an aircraft lavatory, and their utility.
The number of people who confuse these two is astonishing.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are suggestions for maximum enjoyment and comfort while answering nature’s call.
First, please lock the door. Once again, an astounding number of people neglect this step. Slide the latch till you see red, as per image below.
If you pee standing up, kindly lift the toilet seat. Although we have absolute faith in your aim, everybody have off days. And the “sitting” part of the population (regardless of gender, I do not discriminate) rather not have the residue from your “stream” moistening our bottoms.
However, you know what they say? Watch your own butt. Literally. Therefore, I recommend wiping the seat before bare contact.
Toilet seat covers are great, if available. Note: these are not baking paper.
Business no 2 is a can of worms. I heartily urge you to approach your friendly flight attendant for an air freshener spray. Before excrement, it is helpful to throw tissues into the bowl to prevent sticking. This is especially the case for the carnivorous among us, as well as those who have “vegetables allergy”.
I cannot emphasize this enough. PLEASE. FLUSH. Again and again, I’ve stumbled upon valuable “baked goods”. Just like that, I bid any appetite for eats farewell.
Also, here’s another amazing fact: people have trouble locating the flush button. For your assistance, I included an image.
If the tissue trick didn’t work, flush again. If yesterday’s dinner still refuses to disperse, try this: empty a cup of hot water down the bowl, then flush. This method never fails.
Let’s consider the sink. As a second officer on the Airbus, I was taught everything about flying this big bird, except… how to use the lavatory sink. My first few flights, I stood there, starring helplessly at the streaming water, completely clueless. It was a couple of flights later when I discovered that the flow stops without my interference.
Embarrassing story time is over, here’s a picture of the lavatory sink and tap.
For your reading pleasure
Here are things NOT to do in an aircraft lavatory (based on real life events):
Surprise: the water WILL flow out into the cabin to resemble the Muar River.
2. Spray perfume within the vicinity of a smoke detector.
This might or might not set off the smoke alarm. Spoiler: it will. We, the pilots, pee in our pants a little every time the master warning sounds as a result of your stint. Please spare us the misery and use roll- on deodorant.
3. Smoke a cigarette
The master warning pierce our eardrums once again, we actually do wiz in our pants. AND you have to deal with an angry cabin crew. Trust me, you don’t want to deal with an angry cabin crew. No dessert for you.
Last but not least
Never leave the lavatory without a mirror selfie.