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Toilet Queue in the Air

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U.S. federal regulations prohibit loitering near the restroom on an airplane, so on a larger plane, it becomes a guessing game whether you're next in line. Proposed is a queuing system. From your seat, push a button to be added to the queue. When it's your turn, you'll be notified by a discrete light.

Another implementation would show you a number on a small display, and a number would be displayed on a sign near the restroom.

kevinthenerd, Aug 08 2015

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       Change those fucking moronic “regulations” of yours, then.
Ian Tindale, Aug 08 2015
  

       Sir, if you continue with that attitude I regret that Federal Regulation 77.3.1 means that I will have to taze you for your own safety and that of your fellow passengers.
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 08 2015
  

       Number trading would definitely have a ceiling height, although turbulence in the market could cause volatility.
wjt, Aug 08 2015
  

       My theory is that airline regulations are designed to gradually introduce Americans to the restraints related to becoming a police state, so it's not so much of a shock.
Voice, Aug 09 2015
  

       My theory is that US citizenship is designed to gradually introduce Americans to the restraints related to air travel, so it's not so much of a shock.
pocmloc, Aug 09 2015
  

       Since the seat already serves as a flotation device, maybe the more traditional form of a life saver could serve a purpose here. Just watch your shoes.
LimpNotes, Aug 09 2015
  

       Out of interest, how far is it possible for elected officials to dictate the day to day events of an American's life, before he/she says "Ah, no, actually."?   

       For example, if all travellers were required to be barefoot (to counter the risk of shoe bombs), would that be OK with y'all?
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 09 2015
  

       Will the "discrete light" also be discreet, to save people's embarrassment?
hippo, Aug 10 2015
  

       It would be confusing if the same light was used to notify each person in turn.
pocmloc, Aug 10 2015
  

       If you're waiting in line, by definition you're not loitering.
the porpoise, Aug 10 2015
  

       //I will have to taze you for your own safety.. //   

       I will have to REPEATEDLY taze you for your own safety...   

       A single tazing is not so much of a shock.
AusCan531, Aug 10 2015
  

       ok, but c'mon in the USA we cater to morons.   

       23C: You are next! There's no line, you can walk right up Mr. 23C!   

       But, with no line, Mr. 30C & Mrs. 12B decide: Hey, look, no line! Let's just go!   

       So, there'd need to be some level of non-moronic enforcement.   

       The airplane staff already have enough on their full plates keeping things civil. Adding this would be hard.   

       Maybe a key code to unlock the loo, such as: In the seat display, it shows, "Your turn is next: Enter #4234 to get in"...
sophocles, Aug 10 2015
  

       I thought guns were the standard answer to problems like that!
pocmloc, Aug 11 2015
  

       A discrete light could work, but a continuous light such as a 3-phase LED could provide a nice color change effect to discreetly show one's place in line as the light goes from red to green.
sninctown, Aug 11 2015
  
      
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