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American Airlines pilots were complaining this week, that their toilets are one of the most miserable travel experiences in the sky. Why? Because they keep reducing the number of toilets to fit more seats in!

A pilot recently said “It’s the most miserable experience in the world and everybody I’ve ever talked to that had to fly on this thing… Alaska Airlines has a 737-800 as we do and has 4 lavatories. We have 3.

Now you’ve added 12 more seats, no more lavatories, and you’ve shrunk that lavatory to 75% the size that it was before.

I can’t turn around in it. The sink is the most miserable thing going, and you cram those people in those little tiny seats you just bragged about to the point that I can’t sit back there. As a crew member if I ever have to deadhead back there I’ll refuse because it’s just not practical.

I think you need to have you and Parker and everybody sit back in the last row of the 737 on a long flight and see what it’s like to use those lavatories…that’s the biggest complaint I get is those lavatories.. there’s 160 [economy] passengers for 2 lavatories on 5 hour flights..”

As Gary points out from View from the Wing travel blog, American has reduced seat space from standard 31 inches in economy to just 30. But the seats don’t feel much smaller as they are thinner, the problem is a lack of padding meaning they can get very uncomfortable for flights more than 2 hours.

My travel tip would be to go to the toilet before your flight!

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