The Vacuum Power Of An Average Airplane Toilet

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Seven years ago, the PoopReport community was embroiled in discussion about an unfortunate traveler who claimed she was vacuum-suctioned to an airplane toilet seat. Her claim was subsequently tested and disproven. But what was never in doubt was the suction power of an airplane toilet.

AirTran Airlines has got some dude living on one of their planes for thirty days as some sort of PR stunt. No, he has NOT gotten stuck on an airline toilet. But he HAS provided an extremely visceral demonstration of just how powerfully these airplane toilets do, indeed, suck. Behold:

36 Comments on "The Vacuum Power Of An Average Airplane Toilet"

Turd Burgler's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

Great post Dave however there are a few issues i have with the demonstration though. Not to mention as a fan of mythbusters they disproved the lady stuck to a toilet myth. 1)The elapsed time the toilet flushes vs. the elapsed time to engulf the whole roll of toilet paper, at the given speed I dont believe they coincide. 2) Most tp is perforated for easy tearing, assuming that roll was a typical roll then the paper would have tore before being engulfed. 3) The video should have been split screen showing the paper coming down the hallway and an over toilet view. That being siad the force of the toilet suction isnt to be reckoned with as those of us have experienced.

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the pooping scholar's picture
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I've never been on an airplane but a secret wish of mine is to take a shit on a plane because of the power toilets I've heard about. I'm not sure how I feel about a supreme amount of suction from a toilet though. Something about it frightens me. It makes me feel as if the toilet wanted more shit from me when I've given it all I got. I suppose I feel some accomplishment when I sometimes have to flush the toilet once more. I just like feeling that a toilet just can't handle my shit sometimes. It makes me feel like a giant most of the time, other times I just feel gross.

plop cop's picture
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I never had the occasion to pinch one off on an aircraft throne, even though I've flown many times. To be honest, the noise in an airliner crap shack is loud and very intimidating. Additionally, the shape and size of a airliner shit closet is such that contortion of the body is mandatory to assume either position to launch ordinance (for a male anyway). I could barely relax enough to get a stream out of my piss pipe much less get a round out of my crap cannon with all the noise and folks waiting on me to finish so they could dump their own ordinance.

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sittingpretty's picture
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I haven't pooped on aan airplane, either. I don't think I want to now. I've pooped on a boat, however.
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plop cop's picture
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SP, I used to rent a sailboat from the marina at the Navy Base in Long Beach, CA and sail it to Catalina Island for the weekend. I discovered that when I used the salt water throne at night in the dark (no moonlight), when I flushed it using the salt water pump the bioluminesence glowed green in the dark as the turds swirled out the bowl. When I first saw it I made all my buddies who were on the boat with me get up to see it. Some were amazed like me, one was pissed I woke him up for any reason, and one just pissed while he was up and went back to bed. I'd forgotten all about that until you triggered my memory.

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Now that's what a men's room is supposed to smell like!

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sittingpretty's picture
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I miss sailing. I haven't sailed since the Wednesday bofre Katrina hit.
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...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

phatmanxxl's picture
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I never been on a plane.

daphne's picture
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Either they did that more than once and spliced it all together, or they used at least three cameras. Which, I wonder.


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Britluver20021's picture
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I have pooped in an airplane bathroom and the hardest part for me was being in an enclosed tiny space and being claustrophobic but I manged to after talking to myself out loud, it was ok.

the pooping scholar's picture
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I've never pooped on a boat either. I pooped on a charter bus once. That...sucked.

Ken Paul Royal's picture

I shat in a Dutch Train, no suction though, just a hole to the tracks! My shit log just stuck to the shit pipe

Schijt's picture

Shitting on anything smaller than a319 is crap. I feel sorry for the fat guys who have to dump on a crj or dash 8.

Bran Lover's picture
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I have had diahrear on a plane. I actually apologized to the flight attendants before I went in. I tried flushing twice, hoping the toilet would suck some of the smell out on the second round.
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Nine Inch Log's picture
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I fly quite often and have only had to shit on a plane a few times. BL is right about the smell. There is nowhere for it to go but out into the cabin. No exhaust fan + recirculated air + the squirts = bad day for all on board. I am in the middle of writing a poop on a plane story. Maybe I will finish it today while at work.

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teaspooner's picture

a couple of years ago, after a flight back to Sydney from London and sharing a handful of toilets between hundreds of people for 23 hours, i had to slip one out on top of about 80 strangers' logs, smeared paper squares and what not. the toilet had sucked so many turds back it was filling up and i was just about greeted with the top of the pile by the time i finally got in there at the end of the flight.
boy, i wished my poo cycle had worked out for me to go earlier in the flight.
there's something worse than sealing yourself into a tiny cubicle, immersed in shit tainted air particles straight after someone's snapped one off; it's sealing yourself in there after DOZENS of people have had deposited their precious packages...also, it's all made worse by those limp plane meals.

The Anonymous Coward's picture

Shit just smells worse up there. Like the rotten refridgerator smell Never figured out why.

Poohdle's picture

Just moved into a new place with close access to a great network of bike paths. People are always on the bike paths - biking, walking, strolling their kids, running with their dogs...

I decided to walk instead of bike today and as I was making my way around a lake, I noticed this dog coming around the corner ahead of me. It looked like a pitbull, dark brown. It was a pretty dog but I was a little unnerved because it was heading straight for me. Until I notice the owner, a really nice looking hot guy, following behind the dog toward me also. I definitely go for the eye contact. We exchange smiles as our paths cross, and move along on our respective routes.

I finish up with the lake & make my way back onto the bike trail where I see a pile of dog crap, laid down by a obviously decent sized dog. It was fresh too. I had a moment of disgust at people who don't pick up their dog's poop before I realized that it was the pitbull - I was sure of it. The owner, hot guy, looked like the type that wouldn't even think of picking up a turd - no matter who put it there. So I decided that he really wasn't that hot after all and I moved along.

About 40 minutes later as I came back the same way I had walked earlier, I had to pass that big turd again. It was still there of course, in several pieces, just like it had been when I passed it the first time. Only - as I approached, I noticed that something was different.

Someone had carefully pressed a green Skittle into the largest piece of the turd. There it was - bright green contrasted against the dark brown, cold, chunky, smelly dog pooh.

I stopped for a moment and pondered the irreverence. I walked away thankful for the total lack of couth. Instead of being peeved at the owner of the dog, I was happy that the dog took a crap right in the middle of the bike trail on a nice day - giving an opportunity to an unknown Skittle toting trail comrade to leave behind a sign to those of us who would notice and 'get it'. Thanks buddy!

Near my house, just as my walk terminates, I have to go over a rusty old bridge to cross a pretty little creek. I stopped for a second, still in the glow about that green Skittle. I leaned over the edge of the railing to see if I could spot anything good in the creek. Nothing. I did notice something on the rusted out railing tho. Someone had, in small letters no longer than 2 inches, etched the word FUCK thru the rust at the very spot where I was leaning. You'd almost miss it...unless somehow it caught your eye. I appreciated that kind of understated message so much that I whipped out my Blackberry and sent a picture of it to my daughter. She would get it. I know Skittle guy would get it too.

I think I'll walk the trail more often.

God Bless America.

Bran Lover's picture
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Umm, did the skittle fall from the airplane loo? Where's the relevance? Where's the humanity??????

Godblessyoutoo.
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sittingpretty's picture
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I didn't get it, either. Bran Muffart, will you explain it too me?
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Ken Paul Royal 's picture

Hey The AC, shit do smell worse up in a plane since there is less air pressure and the shit particles have greater mobility. The same reason why you smell flowers and plants more before a storm. Maybe that explains some of it, but I got no reason for the nasty refridge smell

ChiefThunderbutt's picture
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What does all that mean????? Are you some kind of scientist or just a whack job???


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Anal Fissureman's picture
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Impressive, for sure. What would happen if you stood in front of the cockpit and tossed a turd in the air while someone down the aisle flushed? Would the toilet suck it down? Imagine the possibilities...

sittingpretty's picture
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a whackjob.
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...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

Anonymous Coward's picture

Anal Fissureman - I don't think it's a black hole... lamentable as that is.

Turd pro's picture

Fantastic exchange!!! And I thought that I was the only warped person in the world.

ChiliKahKah's picture
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Just wait until the blue room on an airliner becomes a pay toilet !

Anonymous Coward's picture

Vacuum suctioned to a airplane toilet might be good. Lose cellulite and not be so full of shit afterwards. Maybe we should put a few politicians up the in a plane after a dose of turbolax.

Crapola's picture
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Oh Plop CopI am in awe. You are so fun.

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seat filler's picture
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The only drawback to airline comfort stations is that just like with German shelf toilets, the lack of water submersion adds to the aroma-factor.

Poonanza's picture
l 100+ points

That's why people always get sick on planes. The air recirculators suck the pooticulate into the breathing air. They should make some sort of ram-air intake and old-air exhaust.

The Brown Admiral's picture
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Scottish comedian Billy Connolly once worked up an entire routine on the case of the hideously mangled body of a mystery man found in the street in one of Edinburgh's most up-market suburbs. Nobody knew who he was or where hed come from - except that he'd been really beaten up and left for dead with his trousers and underpants missing, in the genteel suburb of Corstophine, Edinburgh. Connolly lovingly analysed the situation, right from the local residents who reported the case telling the police they were awfully concerned, constable. It looks like the poor man was not from around here, and can you remove the body quickly before it adversely affects the property values?

He arrrives at the conclusion that the deceased had been coming in on a scheduled flight from Spain, possibly to meet some wee Scottish girl he got to know while she was on holiday. Coming into Scotland, he got the urge to use the aircraft's toilet. Which malfunctioned. A device called the Jobbie Wheecha, devised to suck the jobbies (congealed human excrement) out and wheech them (hurl them with some force) out of the aeroplane, sadly malfunctioned. It had enough power to suck the unwary Spaniard out and wheech HIM across the sky, ten thousand feet above Edinburgh...

The Brown Admiral's picture
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This isn't exactly the same story but it's related - the general discussion on airplane toilets comes out of the earlier Jobbie Wheecha sketch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmpRQLaxF60

Billy Connolly on aircraft lavvies

Anonymous Coward(its true!)'s picture

this website is awesomely disgusting! rock on y'all! anyhow i was on a vacation to korea a couple months back and i took a dump on the plane....the vaccum affect of canadian air is horribly disappointing....

ChiliKahKah's picture
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This was faked. My basis for concluding so is predicated upon how clean this bathroom was. No airplane since deregulation in 1978 has had a blue room so clean. Therefore, fake bathroom, fake stunt.

Bilgepump's picture
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Chili, you weighed in on this topic back in September, and now its fake? You're a silly person.


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Turdy Two Poos's picture
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Very impressive, actually delightful the way the toilet paper scooted down the aisle and into the bowl. Nice drum roll for effect as well. But I'm not surprised really, because the airplane toilet suction is so strong it could easily remove the hairs from one's private regions if one were foolish enough to remain seated.

I've flown numerous times and each time as I slither into these toilet closets, I wonder how the hell other people use the facilities. Now I'm only about 5' 3", but men must really go into some contortions to fit in there. And God must help overweight people use airplane toilets because I just can't fathom how they could possibly use them.

The last time I flew I was on my way to Vancouver when Nature called. The Occupied Sign was scratched off by some thoughtless soul and I ended up disturbing someone. When I finally got in and did my own deposit I could not find the flusher. I looked everywhere-the walls, the floor, on the toilet itself. Now I'm not stupid, but I just couldn't find the damn thing.

There my "stuff" sitting in the teacup sized toilet bowl and I couldn't get rid of it. I contemplated buzzing the stewardess, but I thought it was too ridiculous. I'm ashamed to say that I just left the closet, slithering back to my seat and hoping that someone else knew how to flush it and also that the dreadful smell did not follow me.
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