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ANA to offer women-only lavatories on international routes

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All Nippon Airways Co will begin introducing women-only lavatories on its international routes on Monday for passengers who feel uncomfortable using the same facilities as men, the airline said Tuesday.

One women-only lavatory will be designated for use by women in all classes. Men will be restricted from using such toilets except in emergencies and when there are very few female passengers, ANA said.

The airline decided to designate women-only lavatories based on a 2007 online survey in which 90% of the women polled said they think women-only lavatories are ''attractive.''

The official said women do not like using shared toilets as men sometimes leave the seat up. She said demand for women-only toilets is especially high among passengers taking long flights.

Signs for the women-only lavatories will be installed on ANA aircraft by the end of April. The toilets will be designated on most international routes, excluding some flights linking Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya with Asian cities such as Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao and Mumbai, the official said.

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Discrimination against women is the norm in Japan, but this seems to dis men. I guess they figure men won't complain. And why is it inconsiderate for men to leave the seat UP and not inconsiderate for woman to leave the seat DOWN?

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can we get men only ones as well so we don't get stuck behind some woman putting on her face for 30 minutes? Maybe a urinal type one like they have on the shinkansen so we can be in and out in 30 seconds?

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this is stupid. having said that I do like ANA a lot more than Japan Airlines.

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this is a sick joke. It happens in some small restaurants too in Tokyo. You'll see a WOMEN's only washroom, and the other one would be CO-ED.

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Because men leave the seat up? Surely there are more pressing problems to look at.

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Notice they will only offer this service to other Asia destinations because it would probably face a legal challenge if they tried to implement this on US or European routes...

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better you have a toilet for number 2's only

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Actually it's being implemented on most international routes, including to the U.S. and Europe. The article notes that some Asian routes will be EXCLUDED (mainly because of smaller, less flexible aircraft configurations).

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women do not like using shared toilets as men sometimes leave the seat up.

Good grief. What is the world coming to if a woman is too feeble to put the seat down?

The only logical reasons I can think of for having women only toilets are

young girls who are old enough to go to the loo without their mum might find it more reassuring and it might potentially be safer. Might. It's a remote possibility of course, but still it doesn't hurt to mention it.

women normally spend longer in the loo than men, even if they're not 'putting their face on', and so it's better for everyone if women have access to more loos. (This is a common problem with public toilets, with women's facilities frequently having long queues and men just being able to wander in and take a slash unhindered. It's simple logistics, men can be far quicker.)

I like DeepAir65's suggestion though, a urinal cubicle for men only would certainly speed things up and save hassle.

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that's lousy. They should have Zanana [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenana ] section in every plane or may be have 2 planes flying the same room. How disgusting it is for women to share the same plane with men.

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This is great. That means there will be men only toilets and I don't have to wait in line for 20 minutes while Oba-san conducts her business, and another 20 minutes while Megumi-san piles on the cosmetics.

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The official said women do not like using shared toilets as men sometimes leave the seat up.

and men don't like it when woman leave oodles of toilet paper and water strewn all over the floor or in other cases blood on the seat and on the toilet paper strewn all over the floor.

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the downtrodden women of japan.

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Well charge the people a fee for using these exclusive bogs then. Guess what? Sometimes I need the seat down,m but it's up, and sometimes I need it up, but it's down. I don't moan - I just move the seat myself! And it's not as if someone else can come inside when you're using the toilet.

What next - otohime for shy women?

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What are they going to do when (not if) a man uses this "girl-toilet" and some chick complains? Arrest him?

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If the justification is that women are busting their bladders waiting for bathrooms, I can see this as a good option (e.g., at stadiums where women wait a lot longer than men). But just to say "I don't feel comfortable using the bathroom after a man" is total bs in my opinion.

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Yeah this sounds ridiculous. What a waste. And as a woman I can safely say that plenty of women's restrooms are just as gross to walk into as men's, so it wouldn't make that much of a difference realy.

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If the justification is that women are busting their bladders waiting for bathrooms, I can see this as a good option

That's not a good enough excuse. Men are usually quick.

How would ANA feel if men said they felt 'uncomfortable' after a woman's been using the loo. All that perfume smell, 15 minute wait while they put on the make-up, etc. blah blah blah. Yes this is BS but so is the female excuse, just as ronaldk says.

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To be spared the pong of that in-flight after-shave cologne, is a definate plus...

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Just in: ANA to introduce cootie body-scanners at Narita on a trial basis.

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That is the dumbest load of ** I have ever heard.

If they put this thing, then do it right. Women should only go to women's toilet. I do not want to see (women) and (women/men) toilets on the plane. Complete segregation.

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I am really getting angry at ANA now.

they come out all sort of crap just like Pepsi.

How long ago they came up with ikemen flights? Look at their website with photos of girls from different prefecture (to boost tourism). . . and now toilets?

Next will be 'maido' or topless flights.

Somebody stop them!

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Segregate them or don't. This good for one but not for the other system is lousy.

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This will backfire, same thing happened with the woman only train car, the men think all the other toilets and train cars are theres and that they woman need to goto their own toilet and or train car.

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I cleaned a bar/restaurant along with the toilets for a part time job when in college. Took me only a day or two to refuse to clean the girls toilet. Absolutely pigs. Guys might punch a mirror or two, but they do not leave bloody things in toilets to jam them up, paper all over the floor filthy dirty sinks with used make up stink stuff lying around. Just make the back of the plane for women only.

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The official said women do not like using shared toilets as men sometimes leave the seat up

Won't don't they just fit those automatic toilet seats. You know, the ones that close and open automatically.

The bigger problem is this... As the plane is approaching its destination, I get really pissed off with the amount of time the women spend in the toilets applying their make up. You end up with a line of women waiting and if you're in need of a pee, during this time you have to wait. That is not fair.

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I only ever use the bog on a plane if it's an emergency. By the time we're over Dusseldorf, the jakes are awash with half an inch of weewee.

So can we assume women will only be allowed to use the women-only khazi? Or does that just mean blokes will have to spend longer queuing up?

Just as well they've stopped dishing out free beer, really.

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Good thing in my opinion. some times females can leave a smell which cannot be described on here really, but I'm sure you know..

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We are in 21st century, show some gender equality and implement "men only" lavatories as well.

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Maybe the real issue isn't about the seat up or down - but men with crummy aim?

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All you guys have to squat!

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Victory for the men, we have won our right to stand up for ourselves.

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The airline decided to designate women-only lavatories based on a 2007 online survey in which 90% of the women polled said they think women-only lavatories are ‘‘attractive.’‘

Pandering to their egos

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They think women-only lavatories are attractive.

This is another example of the importance of phrasing. I will bet you a pound to a penny, the question was phrased, "Do you think a toilet is less attractive if a big sweaty bloke has just laid a five-pound brown trout down it?"

Select from the options: a) "so desu ne" or b) "I like to use a dirty toilet and I never clean my room either".

I suppose it's just as well japanese women's bowel movements smell of candy floss and peppermint. Otherwise there would be absolutely no validity to this segregation.

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Can we just cut to the chase and get them their own country?

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Hmmm… usually men’s lavatories are cleaner than women’s one, so don’t really understand where “ attractive “ is in this situation.

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Let's move the toilets to the front of the rows, and build them without walls or doors. Then everyone will be sure to use them cleanly.

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OK if women want their own bogs then give men their own bogs too, Everybody is happy.

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What will the cross dressing J-guys do? It's just so 'taihen'...

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Yeah,with women doing their business then putting on their face after that monopolizes inconveniently.Men have theirs,women too.

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They can spend all the time they want in the ladies only toilet but set a 5 minute limit on the coed ones then.

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Better idea: Let's make all seats toilet ready and then we would not have to worry about anything. Swoosh, yup, my neighbor just did number one, and two seats down, grandma did number 2. Swoosh.

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That's funny, the only people who seem to bother the rest of us on longhaul flights (and especially longhaul flights with a lot of Japanese ladies on board) are women who spend ages in the toilets putting on their makeup or whatever whilst everyone else is busting for a pee. They seem to excel in hogging the toilets just before landing when we all need a pee before buckling up. The toilets are never in a mess because the flight attendants always do a decent job of keeping them clean and you only need to inform them if the toilets are dirty.

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correct me if I am wrong. But I think AC's 777 do not have toilet seats. At least not the ones where you can lift up. It's like a one piece toilet. If ANA's reason for offering an women's only washroom because some men leave the toilet seat up, then maybe they should glue the toilet seat to the toilet. But then the guys would just end up peeing all over the toilet seat - like they do at my work. Cause some guys are just too lazy to kick the toilet seat up with the feet

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poblem is women want equality ONLY when it suits them.............we men do not complain about women leaving the seat down, we just go ahead !! Glory be !!

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“The airline decided to designate women-only lavatories based on a 2007 online survey in which 90% of the women polled said they think women-only lavatories are ‘‘attractive.’‘

Any chance that we (men) can get to see what the rest of this poll had to say, especially what the men had to say? No, can’t imagine ANA published that part.

Or was the poll a women only poll because such things are so much more attractive?

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Great for men too because women for not fault of their own but for mother nature take a lot more time in the lavatory than men do. I noticed women have it rough when they wait in longer lines at public lavatories in a stadium or theater than the men. Forward thinking by ANA and just may be this idea was developed by the male management in line with my thinking but afraid to say it.

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Have it like public toilets, Mens' signs and womens. Women use the womens, Men use the mens. As soon as the waiting line to use the womens gets past ten, they will realize how stupid an idea this is.

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From my own experience, some men pee on the toilet seat so this creates a hygiene problem for the next user. Perhaps this is why ANA has decided to provide women-only lavatories?

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