Airline Asks Passengers to ‘Go’ in an Effort to ‘GO Green’

two huge airplanes at airport with body of water in background - thru the smog
Two ANA aircraft (both Boeing 747-400Ds) at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) | Wikipedia photo

Airplane Bathroom News

October 2009-A Japanese airline is attempting to reduce carbon emissions with a new ploy: Have passengers go to the bathroom before boarding.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) believes that empty bladders means lighter passengers, which means less fuel needed to transport them, UK’s Daily Mail reported. ANA hopes the weight saved will lead to a five-ton reduction in carbon emissions over the course of 30 days.

ANA airline staff at boarding gates reportedly are asking passengers to relieve themselves before getting on their flights.

More Airplane Bathrooms in the News

Ryanair, a UK budget airline, announced earlier this year that they were looking at charging for in-flight trips to the bathroom. Read more: about Ryanair charging for inflight toilet use.

Perhaps Ryanair should do a study to find if credit-card readers added to bathroom door locks will reduce carbon emissions. It could depend on if the lock is placed on the entrance side or the exit side of the toilet door.

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