Monday, March 16, 2009

C-130 Ladies Room

Because my arrival home has been delayed and I am unable to upload photos from my Africa trip, I thought I'd share a mini-adventure from Amman - Baghdad - Kuwait flight (bad weather diverted us to Kuwait for a couple days).

The flight was on a C-130, an Air Force cargo plane that was designed for transporting cargo and hardened soldiers; it was not designed for transporting spoiled diplomats who cried when the Department stopped providing upgrades to business class, and it was certainly not designed for women. As part of the introductory briefing on board, the airman explains that for men who have to... relieve themselves, there is a fold-out urinal along one of the walls. For women, they have... a bucket.

What was supposed to be a 90 minute flight turned into a 4 hour trip. Some of us ladies just couldn't hold it anymore, so someone requested that accommodations be made. The airman, bless his heart, said, "gimme 5 minutes." He assembled a makeshift ladies room that consisted of a bucket, a small toilet seat obtained from God-knows-where, a plastic bag, and a tarp. Tragically, I did not take a photo of the C-130 ladies room, so the best I can do to share the experience of going to the bathroom on a C-130 is to describe it in the following way:

Step 1: Carefully make your way up and over the cargo pallet in order to access the ladies room from the un-tarped side.

Step 2: Don't look too closely at what you're about to sit on.

Step 3: Try to get as steady a footing as you can between the cargo pallet and the wall, compensating for the 40 degree slant on which the ladies room toilet has been temporarily set.

Step 4: Do your business and pray to Jesus that the tarp protecting your modesty from the rest of the passengers doesn't fall down.

And that is how a lady goes to the bathroom on a C-130 while it circles Baghdad.

5 comments:

Lisa said...

What a glamourous life you lead! At least there wasn't a step 5: open the window and empty the bucket?

Mom said...

So I guess there was no drink service or movie?

Jim said...

When I think of how 98% of the world lives, I find it hard to feel sorry for you, m' lady.

Heather said...

Who's asking you to feel sorry for me? I thought it was an amusing story to share, not a plea for pity.

Anonymous said...

You can find a pretty good pdf file of a C-130 Restroom at this link.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=7&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CDYQFjAG&url=http%3A%2F%2Fairlinepilotguy.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2013%2F04%2FRestroom_on_a_C-130_Aircraft.pdf&ei=e-d1VJjyFsyogwSD9ICwBw&usg=AFQjCNEF76MQxRGC7maUY9b3EhIxWFLCJQ&bvm=bv.80642063,d.eXY