Qantas Boeing 737 business class toilet 'invasion' by economy passengers

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GregXL

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 26 May 2014

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Flying QF business to NZ on a 737 soon. I try to avoid the 737, but to Christchurch there was no choice. I am flying business because I will have flown overnight from Perth and therefore I don’t want to be disturbed by economy passengers queuing to use the business toilet. QF need to get their flight attendants to do their jobs and enforce the company’s rules.

Greg, if you're flying Perth to Christchurch with a stop in Sydney, then fly direct with Air New Zealand on their 777 or 787. Business class with lie flat seats will be far more comfortable and personal than the Qantas 737 business (with a stop in between). Obviously on bigger jets, business is not disturbed by economy too.

Doing this one on QFF points, otherwise I would be looking at other airlines!

declanr

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 26 Nov 2017

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Regular in VA business and no doubt the rope repels some loo traffic however always a few who run the gauntlet! To be honest it only bothers me if people are queuing for the loo standing next to me or over me. Its happened a few times. Ive gone to pick up my wine glass and had to be extra careful I didn't touch the backside of the person in the toilet line-up!

ChrisTheRipper

Member since 29 Jan 2016

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I fly economy and never need the business class toilet. I use the airport toilet prior to departure. Business Class travellers should be so smart.

Flashman181

Member since 11 Apr 2018

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Isn’t the real issue though that in all “new designs” Qantas reduce number of toilets to add in more seats?

Chris C.

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SeatNextToYours

Member since 12 Mar 2014

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The front toilet has better products.

Indeed. They're produced by better people!

Booster

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I think the layout on some of UA's 737s on domestic routes across the US is good.

Boeing provide the plumbing for an economy loo on the left hand side at about row 6 /7.
So J pax still get exclusive access to their dunny and economy has the luxury of 1 forward and 2 aft to choose from.
I'm guessing it works for the US airlines because A) they run around 5 rows of J class in their 737s and B) the right to occupy a toilet regardless of class is probably enshrined in a bill or rights / travellers constitution somewhere.

Jflyer

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Member since 18 Aug 2017

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You use what you pay for! If you pay for a economy seat you get to use the economy toilets, if you pay for a business seat you get to use the business class toilet.

Yarki

Member since 07 Jan 2014

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On my last TT flight while queuing for the toilets at the back one of the crew tapped me on the shoulder and said I could use the forward toilet, but I had to wait by row 4 for it to be free.

nix584

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Flying QF business to NZ on a 737 soon. I try to avoid the 737, but to Christchurch there was no choice. I am flying business because I will have flown overnight from Perth and therefore I don’t want to be disturbed by economy passengers queuing to use the business toilet. QF need to get their flight attendants to do their jobs and enforce the company’s rules.

You could fly via SYD and connect to EK on the A380.

nix584

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Which is why I fly Virgin. No one crosses the white rope!

I don't think I've ever had a flight in VA business and not had someone open the rope to go in. And once one has, then people start to follow. However, when there's been an FA in the business cabin they've always politely told people to go to the back.

I don't think I've ever been on a flight where someone has gone through the rope. And the crew are quite good at sending people to the back.

GregXL

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 26 May 2014

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Flying QF business to NZ on a 737 soon. I try to avoid the 737, but to Christchurch there was no choice. I am flying business because I will have flown overnight from Perth and therefore I don’t want to be disturbed by economy passengers queuing to use the business toilet. QF need to get their flight attendants to do their jobs and enforce the company’s rules.

You could fly via SYD and connect to EK on the A380.

Thanks for the tip, I had a look online and there are J seats on the EK flight, but on the PER-SYD redeye to connect. Something to keep an eye on though.

JJJJJJJ

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 18 Feb 2017

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The fact that Chris the Administrator has had to comment on this thread (to calm us all down) tells me that this is a contentious issue. So why oh why isn’t QANTAS listening to its business class passengers?

Hirsty

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 20 Oct 2014

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You pay for economy you stay in economy! And the whole “first world problem” argument is ridiculous, we live in the first world!


Not only is it annoying that 95% gawk as they go past it’s an issue of privacy. I’ve seen on more than one occasion where a person of fame was sitting in J and the economy intruder made a point to either say hi, gawk more than normal or bring someone back to point out said person! Hardly a premium experience! Bugger off!

craigj77

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 09 Aug 2016

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Which is why I fly Virgin. No one crosses the white rope!

Not true. I fly Virgin domestic business all the time and have noticed people moving the white rope and going to the front loo. While it doesn’t really bother me I think it should be policed properly. On some occasions I use points to upgrade or use my 4 “free” platinum upgrades, but mostly I pay for the privilege of sitting up front which means I’m paying anywhere up to 10 times more than the basic fare in economy. Hasn’t happened to me yet but I wouldn’t like to be busting to go and have to wait for an economy passenger to finish using the business loo! It doesn’t happen on international flights so I don’t see why domestic should be any different!

It does happen on VA, but every time I've seen it (and and FA has seen it) they have addressed it with the Pax. I've also seen them allow some pax to use the front loo when there is only one or two people in J.

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