Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

Airlines love profits slightly more than they love passengers.

So as new planes enter the commercial space, manufacturers generally offer options that allow for more seats for the airline and less space for passengers.

The Boeing 737 MAX -- and its use by American Airlines -- has enjoyed quite some controversy for its tiny bathrooms and minimal legroom.

There is, though, another plane that's inciting discomfort. It's called the Airbus A320neo. 

It's been bought by U.S airlines such as Frontier, JetBlue and Spirit, as well as many other airlines around the world.

Now that it's flying around, some Flight Attendants are worried that it has one very dangerous seat.

You see, one of the cabin crew jump seats is attached to a toilet door.

How's that for space saving? How's that for alarming one or two British Airways Flight Attendants?

As the Sun reports, some BA cabin crew are concerned that, if there's some sort of emergency, they'll have to take their seats in a hurry.

This could mean that someone inside the toilet would be caught short, as it were.

As one BA Flight Attendant put it: 

If there is decompression and someone's in the toilet, the directive is they need to stay locked in until the crew come off emergency oxygen. At that point the passenger in the toilet will probably be dead.

Another added:

It's a joke the plane got certified. In decompression or severe turbulence, a passenger ends up locked in the loo. In a crash, God knows how the door won't come loose, not to mention the crew member.

I confess I've also heard rumblings of concern from one or two BA staff.

So I asked British Airways for its view. A spokesman told me: 

Like other airlines operating this aircraft, the layout on our brand new A320neo's meets all UK and EU safety requirements. We would never operate an aircraft unless it was safe to do so.

It's easy to wonder, though, whether the authorities always play every possible scenario out in their minds.

Some say the biggest problem with the latest planes is that they would take a long time to evacuate during an emergency and that any tests made on them don't involve real passengers, but insiders who know they're part of a drill.

Moreover, there's the marginal inhumanity of it all.

There are times when BA's staff have to use these toilet-attached seats to eat their meals.

I can feel you already wrinkling up your nose.

But such is the life of today's Flight Attendant. Perhaps that's why so many seem to regularly threaten strikes or other forms of protest.

I hope the airline still lets them use the bathrooms.               

Published on: Dec 12, 2018
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