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Sky Hooks

Mile high relief.
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Bust no more for a pee on that packed aeroplane as you are stuck behind the drinks trolley being wheeled up the aisle.

There's plenty of room above the flight attendents on aeroplanes. I propose a set of hooks in the ceiling of the plane. When the trolley approaches, simply attach yourself to the nearest hook and hoist yourself with crafty pulleys in a hammock arrangement. The trolley passes beneath; you let yourself down and proceed to relief.

DenholmRicshaw, Sep 01 2002

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       I usually pole vault over the things, but hooks would come in handy for getting out of the seat over a sleeping neighbor.
DrCurry, Sep 01 2002
  

       The set of rails and hooks you propose may make opening the hand luggage bins perilous and obscure the television sets.
Jinbish, Sep 02 2002
  

       Total croissant. Just be sure and watch out for Boy Tarzan as he uses these to swing to the front of coach.
RayfordSteele, Sep 02 2002
  

       Jinbish, far as I can tell, TVs have been on headrests for the last 5 years. Except on Air Wolverhampton & its global partners.
General Washington, Sep 02 2002
  

       Or the oxygen masks could have a double function in the event of "emergencies": O2 out or urine in.
FarmerJohn, Sep 02 2002
  

       [Gen] Well in that case I've been taken for a ride. A very poor quality ride. In the past month Ive been on 4 UK domestic (no tv..fair enough), 6 US domestic and 2 Transatlantic flights. All the flights were with British Airaways or Delta. Perhaps I should have went with Air Wolverhampton; they might not have lost my luggage.
Jinbish, Sep 02 2002
  

       [DenholmRicshaw] Good idea just to give such a problem a go. I'm not sure who I would feel sorry for (passenger or flight attendant) if the passenger taking the leave is one who must pay two fares for a wide body-seat or a proctology patient that doesn't make the hang time. But this issue has bothered me enough to wonder why hasn't someone designed a suspended sliding rack that travels to the side of the isle. Think of a tall library book case ladder. The main serving compartment could be floor to ceiling with storage below and a little pop out tray for serving from. It only needs to be as deep as a refrigerator door shelf. Additional racks which are no longer than the bottom edge of the overhead bin compartment could slide along in front and behind with more beverage. The gliding rail could be designed to allow switching out of sliding comparments for a quick isle restock for less interupted serving and little or no bending.   

       -Oh maybe that's why they have carts in the middle of the isle with understock below(?)
hollajam, Sep 02 2002
  

       FJ: "Such a great idea, these new seat-based urinals. Whazzat? Need to don the oxygen masks. Lend me yours would you?" Bleurgghh...   

       Rods: The problem with TV on airlines is that there's never anything worth watching. Loss of TV viewing privilege is therefore loss of no privilege whatsoever. BTW my brother went on Air Jamaica from Miami to Kingston once. He spent the whole flight in stitches laughing at the introduction - "Welcome to de Lurve Bird".
PeterSilly, Sep 02 2002
  

       You could do this with robots or pneumatic tubes...or even better, pneumatic robots.
BinaryCookies, Sep 02 2002
  
      
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