Airport essentials


AGMA is crazy.

More crazy than usual that is.  Perish the thought…

And no matter how crazy I said I was in the past, this is way worse. I’m still in that season of incredibly busyness that I wrote about a few months ago. Only it’s gotten busier.

For reasons that will slowly unfold like the delicate petals of a miniature rose (such a pedestrian image, I know…) over my next several blog posts, AGMA will not be stationary for most of the month of November.

What’s up with that?

Long story that I won’t bore you with now. But you just know that it’s coming…

Travel. Lots of travel. Not a bad thing at all.  Just a busy thing.

Which leads me into a topic that I have touched on earlier in several posts. “Touched down on”, may be the more accurate phrase.

The wonderful invention of John Harrington in 1596, brought to the masses by Thomas Crapper in the 1860’s…

The remarkable, incredible indoor toilet.

One of the fascinating aspects of travel, both domestically and internationally, is the large variety of toilets you come in contact with. Literally. And some you regret coming in contact with…

AGMA’s been known to carry a small packet of toilet seat covers in my travel purse to prevent any buyers remorse.

Men don’t really have the same appreciation for the vast depth and breadth of toilet types as women . Or the mystery involved. Much of men’s ‘business’ is conducted at the porcelain pseudo-potty – the urinal – out in the open for the world to see. They really don’t enter into the adventure that is ‘the stall’ unless they need to get serious about things.

And if other men are anything like Hubs, they will do as much as possible to prevent the stall ‘experience’ in public bathrooms. Hubs likes to have his library close by to wile away the hours… When we’re on the road, he’s been known to physically elbow me out of the way when we get back to our hotel room after a day of sightseeing and makes a beeline for the throne room. I guess he leaves his scent there or something.

AGMA could get quite poetic about all of the different toilets she’s adorned, but I’m not sure any of your are quite ready for that.

So today, we’ll confine our examination to toilets found in airport bathrooms.

I’d be willing to bet that 99.9% of people who fly either use an airport bathroom before taking off or after landing. Especially after landing. I know this for a fact from the huge lines outside of the ladies restrooms after any flight I’ve ever been on lands.

AGMA’s a double dipper – I gotta go both ways. That might be TMI…

Since Atlanta is my home, I’m not particularly proud of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport women’s toilets. It’s a mixed bag. Sometimes they will be really clean, but other times, you have to survey a couple of stalls before you find one that’s acceptable.

Slightly embarrassing since the Hartsfield-Jackson is the busiest airport in the world for passenger volume. Yes, I said the WORLD.


I can’t even wrap my head around the fact that millions and millions of people from all over the world are using my airport’s toilets. Many are coming to the U.S.A. for the first time from countries with spotless airport restrooms and toilets. It’s saddens AGMA that their first impression of the U.S. could be an empty toilet paper holder and a non-working flusher.

Oh, the humanity.

AGMA’s favorite airport toilets are at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport (pictured above). Simple, clean and easy to use. They have those magic built-in toilet seat covers.  With a wave of my hand, I have a fresh parking pad.  It’s exhilarating.

I’ve never been to a Japanese airport. But I hear the toilets in Japan are amazing. Very high tech with all kinds of fancy options. Each one has a master control panel that gives you a curated, personalized ‘elimination’ experience second to none. From heated seats to jets of water for ‘personal cleansing‘ to automatic sanitizing and deodorizing, they are supposed to be the ultimate in bathroom comfort.

Plus I think they might even bake cookies for you to enjoy afterward.

Over the next month, I’m going to have the opportunity to try out many different toilets in both domestic and international airports. Stay tuned for the further adventures of “AGMA on the Road.”

But I’ll probably pass on any cookies…

19 thoughts on “Airport essentials

  1. It happened in Hanoi. My first experience with a bidet toilet seat. It took a while, but I finally got one installed. Heated seat, warm water where you want it, blow dried and deodorized.
    If you ever are in Newark airport and want to experience such comfort, look me up!

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  2. Love those toilets in Chicago. We have a bar/restaurant nearby famous for the giant urinal in the men’s room. I’ve never been brave enough to check it out. The building used to be a men’s club…back when men were much larger perhaps??? It is lumberjack country after all.
    I can hardly wait to hear about your busy travels. I’ll have to live it vicariously through you as the old man is such a stick in the mud about travel. Have fun, be safe and keep those thigh muscles toned for squatting over the worst of the lot.

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  3. Travel adventures to come…how great is that ? Love that automatic seat cover thing…just hope it doesn’t cycle in the back and come out over and over. ☺ Did you know that the tissue seat covers in dispensers here are made from the exact material that is used in makeup blotting tissues ? Just FYI.

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  4. Speaking of long lines for the ladies’ room, I went to a continuing education conference once where we ladies had to commandeer the men’s room. They had one bathroom available for maybe 50+ women on that floor of the hotel and a couple for the men who, of course, could just zip in and out quickly. We finally had to station a “guard” outside the men’s room so we could get in there and get ‘er done before the conference reconvened. Rise up, ladies, and claim your rights!

    Happy travels!

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  5. If your travels include China, beware of local Chinese toilets. Maybe not in the tourist areas anymore, but a number of years back I experienced them. A hole in the floor and bring your own wipes. Seriously. Gives squatting a whole new workout. One friend told me she just disrobed her bottom half to avoid issues! I look forward to your travel commentary and hope it’s more than the facilities (or lack thereof)!

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    • I have used squat toilets in Europe believe it or not (but I was younger then!) Very awkward if you’re not used to it! In 2012 I was in a brand new train station in Trieste, Italy and I had to use the restroom. Badly. In the brand new woman’s rest room the brand new train station was a brand new porcelain squat toilet. Huh?? I left the train station and went to a restaurant….

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  6. I remembered reading or hearing about one of the many great and progressive things one can experience only in L.A. so I looked up what I thought I recalled and, sure enough and glory be, came across a number of articles in varied publications re the installation of a system dubbed “Tooshlights” that premiered at the Hollywood Bowl in 2014.

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