Commentary

Without Uncle Sam youíd have to hold it?

The NYT’s Christopher Elliot:

Unbelievable as it may sound, the only apparent law on the books that requires an aircraft to fly with a working restroom, the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986, applies to planes with more than one aisle that were delivered or refurbished after April 1992. That’s a huge loophole, given the number of jets that are older or have just one aisle.

That’s why there aren’t any johns on those old single-aisled planes! Wait, that’s not right. They do have bathrooms. Even without a law. How did that happen? More from Eliot:

Plus, federal law seems to be mum when it comes to the all-important passenger-to-toilet ratio on a plane…. A functioning toilet is such a basic necessity that the law appears to take it for granted. Perhaps it shouldn’t.

Article here. More potty politics here.

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.