Boeing on the job with new toilet design

Browsing through the latest US patents issued to Boeing, my eyes were arrested by patent number 7,284,287 – Dual purpose lavatory. What two purposes?

According to the patent, the lavatory has two sections: one with a commode and sink and one with just a sink – thankfully with a divider between them. The idea is to “speed up cycles through the lavatories”, to reduce wait times and shorten queues – basicially so those of you who just want to wash your hands don’t get in the way of those of us who want to…do more.

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Interesting that this design should come from Boeing, which brought us the “no-slam can”, a quiet toilet seat developed specially for a Japanese 777 operator and Alan Mulally’s pride and joy. Personally, I am wondering just how thin that divider is…

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3 Responses to Boeing on the job with new toilet design

  1. Paul Richfield 9 November, 2007 at 2:24 pm #

    Boeing must be flush with success over that one. :-D

  2. The Woracle 12 November, 2007 at 3:46 pm #

    Not wishing to be indelicate, but I can imagine a dual purpose to which a desperate male could put that extra sink…

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