It’s 2016 and we are in the world of technology. 3-D printers are being used to create houses and cars to body parts for humans and animals. There are wearables letting us know what to do, how long to do it and where to do it.
So can someone tell me why the public restrooms don’t work? Yes, the toilets flush (although you’d never know it when you peek into a stall before you use it) and the water runs (always cold water, sometimes hot) but the whole experience is pathetic.
Those stalls are generally a good size for the average person, but why are they so tiny in the airports? The rule is never to leave your luggage unattended, of course, but when you have to drag your suitcase into the stall and close the door without dropping something into the toilet, it becomes a real challenge.
Those automated flushers are sometimes so strong that you literally get a shower when they are activated. By the way, does anyone actually sit on those seats? Yuck! And finding the end of toilet paper becomes a scavenger hunt.
The vanity faucets usually have a sensor so the water goes on automatically unless of course it doesn’t recognize you waving your hands. The soap dispensers are a hit and miss item. They should be automated but are usually the old plunger-type; a good place to get germs.
Now for the hand-drying process. This one is a guessing game. Should you wave your hands in front of the paper dispenser or just pull at the bottom of the paper until you have enough pieces to dry your hands? Or just give up and use toilet paper?
As a postscript, Boeing Airlines has UV lights in their restrooms to zap bacteria. This is a “must-do” in all public baths.