Would you fly 15 hours without a wee? This passenger NEVER uses plane loos


When the Points Finder team first heard about a passenger who flew for 17 hours without ever leaving his seat, the reaction was “Oh my god, how did he do that?”

There was a widespread outbreak of what might best be described as “toilet panic”.

Angus Kidman reveals that he never goes to the toilet on flights, long haul or short haul
Angus Kidman

Angus Kidman reveals that he never goes to the toilet on flights, long haul or short haul[/caption]

Except from me. As far as I’m concerned, that’s business as usual. I never go to the toilet on flights, long haul or short haul.

Actually, let me refine that statement a little. I never go to the toilet on flights if I’m in economy class, and I’m in economy class most of the time.

This isn’t because I’m in some long-running global Iron Bladder competition. It’s due to a combination of two factors: insane levels of shyness plus a highly developed ability to sleep on planes.

Because I can easily sleep on planes, I prefer to sit next to the window. If I’m in an aisle seat (or in the dreaded middle seat), I’m going to get interrupted when other passengers, who are normal people, decide they need to take a leak.

Angus has regularly taken the Sydney to Dallas service, which runs to 15 hours and 20 minutes, and not gone to the toilet the entire time
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Angus has regularly taken the Sydney to Dallas service, which runs to 15 hours and 20 minutes, and not gone to the toilet the entire time[/caption]

Then the shyness kicks in. I don’t want to have to ask the stranger sitting next to me to move, so I can go to the bathroom. So I just don’t. Feel free to judge me.

I haven’t yet done the 17-hour Qantas flight from London to Perth, but it’s on my (long) bucket list.

However, I have regularly taken the Sydney to Dallas service, which runs to 15 hours and 20 minutes, and I’ve not left my seat the entire time. I don’t think another couple of hours would do me in.

On the rare occasions when I’m in business class (or first class, woo-hoo!), I don’t worry about this because I can get in and out of my seat as much as I please.

So I’ll take full advantage of the wine refills.

Why avoiding the loo on planes is really bad for your health

While this travelling mode works for Angus, Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and Clinical Director of Patient.info said that it is not a practice that others could follow as it could be seriously detrimental to your health.

Dr Jarvis said: “If you are going to avoid weeing for that amount of time, you are likely to also avoid drinking too much.

“When you are on a plane you are more prone to dehydration anyway, which is one of the reasons that we don’t recommend that people drink alcohol because it can dehydrate you.

“If you’re flying long distances, there is a small but real increased risk of a clot on the leg or on the lung, and if you are dehydrated because you are trying to avoid needing to wee and therefore not drinking, then you are at higher risk of a clot on the leg or the lung.

“So we always recommend that you keep hydrated on planes because it reduces your chance of DVT.

“We also always encourage that people move around to avoid the chance of DVT. There is a certain amount of exercises that you can do while seated, but we would always recommend getting up.

“You are also also going to be at higher risk of a urine infection, which can occasionally travel to your kidneys.”

That’s what I find weird about the tale currently doing the rounds: the passenger, who was part of ongoing research by Qantas to assess how people are coping with the super-long flight, was in business class.

There were no barriers to getting up. He just chose not to. Hopefully he took advantage of the anti-jet-lag menu.

I’m not saying this is an approach that everyone should emulate. I’m sure doctors would say it’s a bad idea.


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By all means, keep strolling around the plane and using the toilet if that’s your thing. But if you want to give it a try for some reason, follow these simple rules:

Make sure you go to the toilet right before boarding the plane. Obvious, but essential.

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Don’t drink too much in the run-up to the flight. I’ll have one glass of wine in the lounge, but no more.

Planes are dehydrating environments, so it’s OK to have a drink with dinner, but don’t have a coffee afterwards.

This article was originally published on finder.com.au and reproduced with permission.

If you do carry on going to the loo, which is getting tougher now that the toilets are so small passengers can only wash one hand at a time, just make sure that you wait until after take-off.

And if you want to take a poo on a packed flight – this is the best time to do it.


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