A Japanese airline has started asking passengers to go to the toilet before boarding in a bid to reduce carbon emissions. All Nippon Airways (ANA) claims that empty bladders mean lighter passengers, a lighter aircraft and thus lower fuel use. Airline staff will be present at boarding gates in terminals to ask passengers waiting to fly to relieve themselves before boarding, The Independent reported. ANA hopes the weight saved will lead to a five-tonne reduction in carbon emissions over the course of 30 days.

The airline began the policy on October 1, according to Japan’s NHK television. Although it is intended as an experiment lasting one month and 42 flights, the trial may be extended if it is well-received by passengers and if results are positive. Based on an average human bladder capacity of 15oz, if 150 passengers relieved themselves on board an aircraft, this would amount to 63.7kg of waste.

The Japanese version of the TSA will be checking….ha! I guess this is all about “Crap and Trade.”

  1. Mr. Glum says:

    Don’t people do so anyway in preference to using airline restooms?

  2. Benjamin says:

    I would go before getting on a plane. I don’t want to be considered a terrorist if I got up to use the restroom when the seatbelt light was on.

  3. bobbo, most things are plain to see says:

    We should give blood too.

  4. SparkyOne says:

    What if they ran airports more efficiently? They could save a couple hundred pounds of fuel and forget this silliness.

  5. AdmFubar says:

    damn are the airlines full of sh*t on this one…

    i wonder when they will start charging extra for pregnant women, seeing as there is another passenger inside them..

  6. TTHor says:

    You should have seen this coming. And now, due to the ‘ass-bomber’ – what a way to get down in history – prepare for a probe before a flight.
    This world has gone completely mad, bombs or pee or weight or whatever… Pick you airline with caution!

  7. Casual Observer says:

    shhh AdmFubar, don’t give them any ideas.

  8. Sister Mary Hand Grenade of Quiet Reflection says:

    On my trips back and forth to the Vatican, I have encountered the most disgusting intestinal sculptures even before the fucking plane left the gate! Who, the fuck, would get on a plane when they are about to have a visit from an explosive Diane Rhea? Why, the fuck, can’t they do this before getting on the plane? When it is a long ass flight, no one wants to smell your doody! The only time I could even justify doing something like this is if you are pissed because they stuck you in the middle seat between a pair of 400lbs. of cellulite.

  9. Benjamin says:

    I bet most people are empty anyway when they board a plane. When they are sitting on the runway for hours is where most of the sh*t comes from.

  10. yanikinwaoz says:

    A pay toilet on board would automatically implement this behavior change.

    I think a better solution is to simply charge passengers by the pound. When you show up, you stand on a scale with all your baggage. You pay a flat fee, plus weight, to travel. Cheap passengers will dump their “load” before getting on the scale.

  11. The0ne says:


    hahaha hilarious.

  12. Winston says:

    Enemas would further reduce the load and would have the additional benefit of eliminating any threat from the recently used (where else but in the Middle East) colon bomb technique. Of course, they’d then have to start pumping stomachs to eliminate the stomach bomb threat which would inevitably appear. But just think of the weight savings!

  13. Special Ed says:

    #13 – If you do that you risk the chance of becoming an Enema of the State.

  14. Mark T. says:

    This isn’t about “going green” and cutting carbon emissions. This is simple economics for the airline. Less weight means less fuel burned means more profits.

    Simple as that. This is another use of the “global climate change” hysteria to make a few bucks for the executives.

  15. Floyd says:

    #15 Exactly. On a global scale, it doesn’t really matter where you go, as the waste still stays on the planet.

    Using the can before you board the plane might cut down the aircraft weight and stinkiness, however.

  16. travellertom says:

    Flew from Fukuoka to Tokyo last week. An ANA woman walked through the waiting area and reminded people that it’s easier and more comfortable to go now than on the plane. Didn’t even realize it was about weight savings til I saw it on the net the next day. They don’t make a big deal of it.

    Annoying thing is that I usual go whenever there’s a chance and the bathroom was more full than usual.

  17. Rick Cain says:

    Well thats one way to save fuel.

  18. Greg Allen says:

    So, the next time a flight attendant gives me a wimpy half-can of soda when I really want a whole one, I’ll feel better for reducing global warming.

  19. Glenn E. says:

    Do they have to take off their shoes, when entering the plane? As they do in most Japanese homes. I think trying to squeeze every penny of profit, out of the fuel used, is what’s really behind this “eco concern”. But they blatantly lie and make up this “saving the world” excuse for all the inconveniences they’re putting us through. Their major stockholders must be laughing all the way to the banks.

  20. Sir Pinch-a-loaf says:

    Take a DUMP -Save at the PUMP!


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