JT Genter writes that American Airlines doesn’t have a policy against coach passengers using the first class lavatory on domestic flights or flights departing the U.S.
- But that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.
- And it doesn’t make it a good idea, either.
Other airlines may have different rules. Other countries may have different rules. And those rules will apply to American Airlines flights flying back to the U.S. In 2015 a coach passenger was arrested for using a business class lavatory on a Vienna – Abu Dhabi flight.
I get that American Airlines doesn’t want this to happen or more likely though they’d like it if flight attendants did their jobs they’re unwilling to put them in the position of having to do extra work – like keep customers in their ticketed cabin unless it’s legally required.
But if a flight attendant tells you not to use the first class lavatory, don’t do it.
That said the right answer is that:
- Passengers should use the lavatory in their ticketed cabin first
- First class passengers should have priority for the forward lavatory
- However during drink service on a single aisle aircraft passengers blocked from walking back to the lavatory should be able to use the closest lav.
- And in an emergency you use whatever is available. Starbucks employees have just learned that lesson.