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.


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…


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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