Test-Flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
“HAVE you seen the toilet?” said the man next to me. “You have to see the toilet.”
Airplane bathrooms are hardly conversation starters, and if they are, it’s generally not a conversation one wants to continue. But I had just boarded the Dreamliner — Boeing’s new 787 that is outshining its ancestors with roomier overhead bins, larger windows, power for smartphones, a quieter cabin, more humid air and, as it turns out, a toilet that’s a crowd pleaser.
A vision in white, it has plastic tabs on the sides of the lid and the seat so you barely have to touch them, a sensor instead of a flush button and, according to some users, a more subdued whoosh when flushed. “It’s very refined,” said my seatmate, Joe Nevin, a former executive at Apple turned Aspen ski pro. “It doesn’t sound like it’s going to take your clothes off.”