Airbus Thinks Airplane Bathrooms Take Up Too Much Space

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Airbus thinks the cozy dimensions of its airplane bathrooms are taking up too much space.

The lavatories on the A320, which were moved to the back of the plane in a redesign two years ago, now take too much room away from the food-prep station. A new design for the Airbus plane shrinks the width of one of the bathrooms, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The redesign isn’t only about making spaces smaller. The overhead bins will use a pivot design to create 10 percent more space, so at least your luggage can really stretch out.

Roomier luggage bins aren’t hard to imagine—Boeing has already been using the pivot—but a narrower airplane bathroom seems improbable. Airbus did not immediately respond to an e-mail inquiry about the dimensions of its smaller bathrooms. Let’s just hope it’s more forgiving than the ones Indiana Pacers’ 7-foot-2 Roy Hibbert and other flyers have suffered through.

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