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Attention Passengers: Please Urinate Before Boarding

By October 7, 2009

Airline travel hasn't been all that pleasant in recent years. Starting with the restrictions on number of bags allowed, taking your shoes off and on, removing your watch, keys, and wallet, placing your laptop, and everything else in separate bins, and discarding your large shampoo bottles--who wants to go anywhere on an airplane?

Now comes a new twist: the suggestion to urinate before boarding your plane. According to the British Daily Mail, Nippon Airlines, a Japanese airline, is testing out asking passengers to urinate before they board their planes.

Their rationale sounds environmentally correct and may appeal to passengers interested in doing their part to build a green planet. Nippon claims that empty bladders mean less weight and lower carbon emissions. The airline estimates that 5 tons of carbon emissions could be saved in one month. The measure has appeal to the airline industry, which continues to explore novel ways to cut costs.

October 7, 2009 at 8:32 pm
(1) Nancy says:

The airlines had better take a more active role in adding and maintaining additional bathrooms in airports!!

October 8, 2009 at 2:19 am
(2) francesca says:

I don’t believe it for a minute! What with so many people on diuretics, plus the fact that the FDA recommends drinking 8 ounces per hour of flight, it’s an impossible measurement to find accurately.

Now I understand why they don’t serve food on board any longer. It’s that darned weight! Thank you, author, for helping me clarify motives these days.

October 8, 2009 at 8:57 am
(3) Busby says:

This sounds like total baloney to me. Might as well suggest a haircut before flying. Or at least a trim of one’s ear hair…

October 8, 2009 at 4:02 pm
(4) Linda says:

Next thing you know, they’ll be requiring passengers to go on a diet before they’re allowed to buy tickets!

October 11, 2009 at 9:01 am
(5) lou says:

why stop at urine? imagine the cost/enviremental savings if passengers were completely emptied out? we could prep for air travel by going through a cleansing similar to the one before a colonoscopy. i’m writing a letter to the f.a.a.

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