Wilson is a Sydney-Australia-based Qantas flight attendant.
She is also a member of the Journeywoman Network and was happy
to answer our query regarding the easiest times to access
the washroom on an aircraft. Ruth writes...
of standing in long queues for the bathroom on flights? The
key to finding a free washroom is all in the timing. Usually
most passengers wait until after the meal trays are completely
collected to clamber over their fellow travellers. Then they
have to wait, wait, wait for interminable lengths in the loo-line-up.
Here are a few hostie (thats what we call
flight attendants in our part of the world) tips about the
best times to Go on an aircraft.
- Location, location,
location! Next time you travel, check in early and try to
get an aisle seat. These are much better for the quick getaway
to powder your nose, go to the galley
for drinks or to exercise a little in mid-flight.
- Once installed in
your aisle seat, check out the nearest toilet location and
Go before take-off (no you won't do any damage
to the ground crew underneath the aircraft). Remember, sometimes
there can be a long wait for a takeoff slot and you won't
be allowed to leave your seat until the seatbelt sign is
extinguished at the top of ascent.
the bar service and before the meal service, if you feel
the urge, Go, as when the crew come through
the cabin with the meal carts -- it's already too late --
- Finally, act quickly
after you finish your meal and before the trays are collected
from anywhere in Economy. Carefully holding your used meal
tray, extricate yourself from your seat, replace the tray
onto the tray table and Go. In most cases, you'll
find that the impenetrable barrier of the meal tray will
have stopped most of your other fellow travellers and youll
have free choice of the amenities.
know that to avoid dehydration you should be drinking copious
liters of water and avoiding coffee, tea and alcohol. If youre
a savvy traveller, youll do the same. Happy and comfortable