I come to you today to discuss a topic near and dear to all of us. A topic actually more than near and dear - life-essential, would be a better term. Something we all have in common.
I talk, of course, about … pee-pee.
Yes, pee-pee. Tinkling. Going number one. Dismissing fluid. Urination. There's just no way around it, everybody's gotta go, gotta go, gotta go, sooner or later, some more often than others.
So let's talk about it, let's get it out there, let's be open, let's be frank. Because tinkling anywhere outside your own humble abode causes enough apprehension. Now, if you love to fly, everything you know about relieving yourself mid-air is about to change.
According to Bloomberg News, the Boeing Co., in an effort to increase sales of its 777-300ER before it gives way to the building of the new 777X, is looking to capitalize on space by adding 14 more seats to the 300-ER. One of the ways to do that?
Shrink the size of the loo.
This is not a joke.
THIS, is a joke:
Too bad this isn't funny, though.
Must we fight ourselves for the body room we so justly deserve? How much LESS space will we have to try to balance on the balls of our feet while simultaneously using one hand to steady ourselves during even the slightest turbulence and the other to, well … you know, if you're a man, to, um, navigate.
But Boeing is indeed serious about this, and, truth be told, this isn't a new story. This isn't the first time an airline has tried to make a buck off the toilette. Five years ago, European budget carrier Ryanair famously contemplated charging passengers to use the lavatory.
Must we suffer further indignity inside the cramped airborne port-o-potty, the outhouse that is already the butt - no pun intended - of numerous jokes and pranks?
In all seriousness, we're straddling a piddling line here - pun very much intended this time. At what point do the airlines start to care again about customer service?
Watch and listen to our president and CEO, Mark Murphy, on CBS News Live talk about the situation and decide for yourself.
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