ANA to introduce female only lavatories

Wait a second, isn’t this the same airline that told us to empty our bladders before flying? Well, now they’re introducing female only lavatories on their international flights. Apparently there’s going to be one in the rear of the aircraft which can be used by female passengers in all classes of service.

And of course as is to be expected, there are a bunch of restrictions:

-Use of Women-Only Lavatories by Men
In most cases, men will be restricted from using the women-only lavatories.
In the following situations, however, and depending on flight conditions, men may be allowed to use these facilities. Passengers are requested to check with a cabin attendant after boarding.

– When required for safety reasons, just prior to the seat belt sign being turned on during take-off and landing.
– When a passenger is not feeling well and a personal emergency requires such use.
– When there are very few female passengers and the women-only designation has been lifted for the flight.
*An in-flight announcement will be made in such cases.

I’m most curious about the last one. How many female passengers would “very few” be?

This just seems to me like more trouble than it’s worth. Then again, I’m a guy….

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  1. So, (and this question is coming from a girl)…. why?

    Boys have cooties? Only Japanese boys have cooties?

  2. I’m male but I’ve heard many comments from women relating to women’s bathrooms being quite foul – it this to protect me?

  3. Not speaking for myself (because I have perfect aim), but by the end of a long-haul flight the seat sometimes looks like a Jackson Pollock painting.

  4. Why am I not surprised here? This is a country that implements female only train, female only menu, female only hotel etc…

  5. That;s actually one of my pet peeves on UA. The lavatories look and smell awful toward the end of a long trans-atlantic or trans-pacific flight. On ANA and other carries the FAs keep cleaning them up quite well. Can understand ANA sentiment as my Japanese wife has long lobbied for this and asked me many times in the past why there were no female / male toilets on the plane as she felt really bad using a toilet after a male had just used it.

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