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From Laura Newman, Former About.com GuideDecember 30, 2009
We need more access to public bathrooms, not less, but it seems increasingly common to restrict access to public washrooms. Our citizens shouldn’t have to resort to public urination and even defacation, which is becoming more and more of a problem. An hour is far too long for people with bladder problems to “hold it in.”
I just returned to the US after a 12 international flight. There were no bathroom restrictions. Also, they did not take our blankets or require that our computers be put away. It did seem to me that people made shorter stops in the bathroom.
I’m not planning to fly anytime soon but bathroom restrictions would make me worry about traveling anywhere with my kids. It’s not that easy to just tell a 4-year-old to hold it.
The problem isn’t the 100 people on board who just want to get somewhere – it is the one person with an agenda. Find a way to identify that person before he or she sets foot on the plane instead of imposing rule after rule on ordinary passengers.
Should we have potty cams? We already have air marshals, right? Or have we dropped our guard – again? I agree that locking people out of the restrooms won’t solve the problem. The shoe bomber wasn’t in the potty and neither were the 911 terrorists. IMHO better passenger screening is the way to go.
Just flew t CA. Pilot gave warning one hour before landing that everyone should finish their business in twenty min. Then stay seated. No one complained.
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