I do love the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, generally. It is a great aircraft with a noticeable improvement in cabin air quality. But there is one thing about it that I simply cannot stand…
That’s the automatic flushers on the toilets.
As I wrote about earlier, I saw far more of the 787 lavatory than I wanted to during my recent 17hr,55min flight to Singapore. It’s no fun to be sick on the ground, but it’s particularly horrific to be sick on an airplane.
Without being any more graphic than necessary, let’s just say that I could not keep any food down. It meant not just vomiting but extended periods sitting on the toilet.
Aggravatingly, the far-too-sensitive automatic flusher decided to flush while I was sitting on the throne no less than two dozen times.
Do you know how annoying it is to be sitting on the toilet and then all of a sudden to feel a rush of air and splash of water? Over and over and over…? How annoying it is to have your toilet seat cover whisked from under you?
At least it took my mind off my horrific stomach pain, but I cannot recall any recent event in which I have been more annoyed.
Irony of ironies, when I was actually done…the toilet did not flush.
Sorry, I could not resist the picture and you cannot see anything inside the bowl.
I’ve never met an automatic flush that I like. The ones in airports, lounges, and hotels are often just as bad. Until the technology can be greatly fine-tuned, I just wish Boeing would go back to a button.