My own view is that passengers should be accommodated in their ticketed cabin first. But extenuating circumstances — a drink cart blocking the lavatory, a long line — make it ok to use the lavatory in a different cabin.
Also that it’s usually ok to use the lavatory when the seat belt sign is on; what’s more important is what it smells like when you’re done.
Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Lavatory
Still, the most important thing is that you must follow crew member instructions regardless of whether those instructions seem reasonable to you. That’s a lesson a woman learned while flying from Vienna to Abu Dhabi.
An economy passenger entered the business class cabin when she felt ill and the lavatory in back was in use.
On exiting the toilet, she was confronted by cabin crew, angry passengers, and one of the captains…where she was handcuffed after an argument ensued.
The pilot then took the decision to make an emergency landing into Erzurum Airport in Turkey.
[She said] “I suddenly got nauseous and rushed to the lavatories. First the passengers interfered, then the flight personnel and they argued with me, and eventually they handcuffed me. They then abandoned me in Erzurum, a place I could not even find on a map if I tried. I was left all alone. At that point, I broke down into tears.
Of course, the airline tells a different story. They say that:
- “all the economy toilets were available” though I don’t think I’ve ever been on a flight where that’s true and have no idea how the airline would even know it was the case.
- “[T]hat Ms Kmetova was told in a ‘friendly’ manner by staff that she was not supposed to use the business class cubicle” though I suppose that depends on the definition of friendly.
- The passenger “reacted in a very aggressive manner, and began to shout, scream, kick and try to bite staff, as well as clash with fellow passengers.”
According to Road Warrior Voices, the passenger has been banned from airberlin and NIKI. I can’t imagine she’d be flying them anyway.
Emirates A380 First Class Lavatory
My two takeaways:
- Always respect the authoritah of the crew, even when they are abusing that authoritah.
- Men should never use Virgin Australia’s ‘women only’ lav or they might get sent to a CIA black site.