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More Toilet Trouble With Another Flight

Impacting Travel | American Airlines | Rich Thomaselli | May 05, 2015

More Toilet Trouble With Another Flight

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They say it takes three times to make a trend, but in this instance we’re hoping the third time is NOT the charm.

For the second time in as many days comes the story of an airplane flight departing without a 100 percent operational restroom. This time? Westchester County, N.Y., to Chicago, more than two-and-a-half hours.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the story of an American Eagle flight that left Westchester on April 25 carrying 44 passengers on a regional jet, without a functioning lavatory. Fortunately, an announcement was made before boarding and passengers were advised that if they had to use the facilities, do so before getting on the plane.

The Tribune, which was alerted by a passenger on the flight, noted that the Federal Aviation Administration leaves decisions on whether to fly with no working toilets or cancel the flight, up to the airlines.

An American Airlines spokeswoman told the paper that the plane “did fly with the lavatory inoperative. A part was broken, and that part was not available in Westchester. The choice was to either cancel the flight and ferry the aircraft (with no passengers) to O'Hare or operate with the inoperative lavatory. This is clearly not how we like to operate, but we believe in this case, with clear communication to the customers before the flight and the alternative of canceling, that the right decision was made.”

Also last week, a three-hour flight from Murcia, Spain to London on Ryanair took off and completed its journey without toilet paper stocked in the restrooms, and without milk as a beverage option.

London’s Daily Mail first reported the shortages on the flight.

Flight crew told passengers of the dilemma after the plane had pulled back from the gate during safety instructions.

A Ryanair spokesperson told MailOnline Travel: “This very rare and regrettable stock shortage (on the last flight last Sunday evening) was caused by the failure of our handling agents in Murcia to deliver toilet rolls and milk sachets that had been ordered on the turnaround in Murcia. Our crew explained to passengers that we wished to prioritise an on time departure for London Stansted rather than wait for these items to be delivered and cause a significant ATC delay for all our customers. Our passengers were very understanding and we apologised sincerely to them for any inconvenience caused.”

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