Re: Toilet sucks in child

Date:         15 Jan 97 04:23:56 
From:         gerhard <>
Organization: OnRamp Technologies; ISP;  Dallas/Ft Worth/Houston, TX USA
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Peter Little wrote:

> Two questions arise from this :-
> 1. How does an unaccompanied minor find herslf in such a position -
> especially in Business Class?

Unaccompanied minors aren't allowed to go to the bathroom?

> 2. What was the reason to decrease altitude in order for the passenger
> to be freed from the toilet?? Are the toilets at a different pressure
> to that of the rest of the cabin?

I suspect the girl was sitting on the toilet and flushed. The vacuum
toilet system uses differential pressure above about 14,000 feet to suck
the contents of the toilet into the holding tank. Below that altitude
electric fans do it.

> I would be grateful for any technical explanation of the incident. I
> suppose that the moral of the story is never go for a shit on an
> Airbus!!!!

Then you better hold it on a 767, 777, MD-90 and MD-11 too.