Hack to Cut the Line at Alaska Airlines and American Airlines Lavatory Won’t Function Below 16,000 Feet

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  1. The arrival of a new Panda Express is definitely exciting news. If all the grease they serve doesn’t lead to mass diarrhea and mind-numbingly odiferous lavs, then perhaps the massive salt content in their entrees will cause FAs to become mid-flight EMTs.

  2. Regarding the “do not use below 16,000 feet”. There may have been an issue with that particular lavatory. I was once on a Delta trans-atlantic flight and one restroom was locked while on the ground due to “pressure issues” or something to that effect. They did let me use it to change clothes though.

  3. The electric pump for flushing was broken. Good news though, above 16000 feet the pressure between the inside air and outside air can be used to flush the toilet. Steve – a 737 captain

  4. A Panda Express really would be a significant upgrade for Terminal 3 at LAX. As I recall the only food there was Burger King.

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