Female-Only Lavatories on ANA International Flights? Well Shut My Lid!!!

While the announcement of ANA to launch female only lavatories on international flights is certainly news in and of itself, it does not necessarily mean that men cannot use the lavatories themselves — they can, but only when:

  • Required for safety reasons, just prior to the seat belt sign being turned on during take-off and landing.
  • A passenger is not feeling well and a personal emergency requires such use.
  • There are very few female passengers and the women-only designation has been lifted for the flight.
  • An in-flight announcement will be made in such cases.

All Nippon Airways claims to be implementing this policy based on customer feedback. However, some FlyerTalk members complain that this is discrimination. Are they correct?

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