Thanks to a gradual recognition of the rights of people with disabilities to have the same access to transport as everyone else, we’ve seen legislation in most countries which compels airlines to cater to the needs of passengers who require wheelchairs.

One area which remains a problem however is that of using an on-board lavatory. While wide-bodied aircraft such as the Boeing 747 or the Airbus 380 can be expected to have accessible toilets, this is rarely the case in the single-aisle planes used for most European flights. In a recent article for New Zealand website, the question of access to onboard loos is explored. As the author suggests, it’s a particularly relevant issue given that passengers in wheelchairs are typically the first to board and the last to disembark an aircraft.

Bathrooms make air travel difficult for many with disabilities