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The Internet Plays “Can You Comfortably Fit in This Airplane Bathroom?”

The Internet Plays “Can You Comfortably Fit in This Airplane Bathroom?”
Ryan Boyd

On Instagram, tall and wide passengers have begun posting photo evidence of their struggle to use the famously cramped bathrooms on new Boeing 737 MAX planes using the #airplanebathroom hashtag.

The toilets on new Boeing 737 MAX’s are 24.5 inches wide, making them 10in smaller than older 737 models. The decrease in size allows 12 more passengers to fit in the cabin — and sometimes barely one person in the bathroom.

Passengers are not only taking #airplanebathroom selfies, but taking to social media to say that they’re so cramped that sometimes they have to wash their hands one at a time and water still gets everywhere.

Tall (6ft 4in) passenger Barry Brandes told The New York Times that flying United Airlines is a squeeze: “If I don’t duck, I hit my head on the door. I can’t stand up completely, so I have to twist myself into a pretzel to use the facility,”

Have you ever flown the MAX? Check out the photos below to see if these cramped conditions feel familiar.


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World's Smallest Bathroom ✔️

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To read more on this story, go to The New York Times

View Comments (8)


  1. POatParker

    November 21, 2018 at 8:19 am

    How much further is the airline industry going to go to degrade human dignity? I hope the Fed jumps in to control this crime against human dignity!
    If the airlines want more seats, put more planes in the air!!!

  2. pdsales

    November 21, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Last time I could get into the restroom the curve of the plane meant that my head was pulled backward. No way for me to look at what I was doing. Aiming from memory with no way to have an eye on the target. Eventually this will end badly.

  3. alphaod

    November 21, 2018 at 11:50 am

    I could just use the lav with the door open.

  4. ontheway

    November 21, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Get a law passed that all congress people have to fly coach and you’ll see how fast things will change.

  5. brucebowe

    November 21, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Guys, guys… I’m a little pissed too. We just have to figure out how to do it girl style. What a drag.

  6. 18wheeler_vanrekt

    November 21, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Maybe a maneuver to discourage potential mile high clubbers!

  7. exwannabe

    November 21, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    I really do not understand the problem.

    Girls are smaller and are sitting.

    Boys can stand outside and arc the stream into the toilet.

  8. Sabai

    November 24, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Is everyone enjoying airline consolidation? The lack of competition is allowing the greedheads in Revenue Management to pull off this crap.

    Airlines Against Americans will spin this as more consumer choice.

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