Airlines Might Soon Swap Out Toilets For Urinals On Some Planes

Though airlines have been cutting back on free perks and complimentary items for years, most passengers probably assume access to toilets is included in the price of a ticket. However, it turns out that airlines may be considering swapping out toilets for urinals.

The 2018 Aircraft Interiors Expo is an annual event that features cutting-edge designs for airplane cabins. The most recent expo saw the entry of a design idea that switched out standard toilets for compact urinals in airplane lavatories.

The so-called “Durinal” bathroom was entered by airline seat and cabin furnishing conglomerate Zodiac Aerospace. The design features two private “cubicles” featuring urinals and antibacterial hand wipes. To the side, a larger lavatory offers a traditional sink-and-toilet setup.

The design is intended for larger planes with space for more than two lavatories so that swapping two standard bathrooms for two urinal cubicles and one standard toilet would not unfairly impact female passengers or those requiring longer bathroom visits. Though the design isn’t yet being implemented, it represents a trend for even more efficient use of space in planes.