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Dream Toilet For Boeing 787 Dreamliner

| March 27, 2007

Boeing is planning to place the new 787 Dreamliner into service sometime in 2008. Included on this craft will be what you might call a dream bathroom for those commuters with a disability.

Boeing partnered with the National Center for Accessible Transportation at Oregon State University and people with disabilities to come up with enhancements to the traditional airline mini-crapper:

  • Universally designed exterior and interior handles.
  • Easy to grip assist handles.
  • Touchless faucets and flushers.
  • Two wheelchair accessible toilets on every Dreamliner.
  • Movable center wall that allows two lavatories to become one wheelchair accessible facility.
  • Fold down assist bars to facilitate independent transfers.

Boeing states that the craft will have larger overhead storage compartments, movable arm rests on the aisle seats, and larger windows.

Of course a quote- “The 787 Dreamliner will set a new industry standard for accessibility on airplanes.”

Hmmm, it’s hard to tell from the picture but the odds are you are not going to be able to get your wheelchair close enough to the sink so that you can use it. You may also fall off of the bowl reaching for the toilet paper. Of course that may not matter at all if your wheelchair is flying cargo.

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  1. Anon says:

    The bathroom looks great but why would one need a wheelchair accessible bathroom on a plane when you cant fly on the plane in your wheelchair! Your chair must go cargo, so we dont need the extra room in the bathroom. I say to save some of that money and create a seat space to put a wheelchair passenger on the flight!

  2. Ziggi says:

    Absolutely agree. A space for a wheelchair in the passenger section would be cool but- I have a strong feeling that finding or developing a tie-down system that would keep the FAA happy would be a nightmare. And then there are powered chairs and scooters with batteries and with electronics that could potentially interfere with the crafts systems. I don’t think FAA is up for the batteries or the electronics being on board.

  3. Frank Smith says:

    Are the aisles in business class wide enough to handle a 24 inch chair ? and can cabin area store chair on board ? Vital to allow chair to enter bath room ? please keep in mind that some of us have no legs

  4. Just blogged about this too (and mentioned/linked your post)…feel free to stop by and check it out. I’ve found a pic that looks like a chair would fit down the aisles so maybe there’s a plan of some sort (feeling optimistic tonight!).
    www dot karasheridan dot com
    http://www.karasheridan.com

  5. The convergence of two bathrooms to one is brilliant. Boeing engineers have outdone themselves again. The chair itslef may not be necessary, however another human being most usually is.

  6. Leonard Gosink says:

    With all the recent hoopla about waterless toilets, one would think that the airlines must be thinking of these as a way to save potentially hundreds of pounds of (water) takeoff weight.

  7. Eric says:

    aisle chairs can be on board by request during flight.