Japanese Airline Asks Passengers To Use the Bathroom Before Boarding

Parents routinely make sure their children use the bathroom before climbing into the car for long trips, and now one airline is doing the same thing…….for a different reason. All Nippon Airways asks passengers to empty their bladders before boarding in order to save fuel. It might not seem like much, but the human bladder can hold up to 16 ounces before the urge to urinate. That’s about 1.1 pounds of fluid. If all 216 passengers on a Boeing 767 had full bladders, that extra urine would weigh about 240 pounds. Weight translates into fuel, which costs money, and ANA is looking for any way to lower costs. What the airline might not realize is that asking passengers to use the bathroom before boarding is a bit redundant, since most people do it anyway because they hate the lack of cleanliness in airplane bathrooms.