Inside Air New Zealand's 'pee lab': Toilet technicians reveal how plane loos are made up of 300 parts, are computer controlled and cost $17,000 (and won't drop excrement from 30,000ft)

  • Air New Zealand produces informative broadcast about the humble toilet
  • Engineers from the technical department say it can take a day to construct
  • A two-valve locking system means there is 'no chance' of leak in the air 

Air New Zealand has opened the doors to its 'pee lab' - where plane loos are built and serviced.

In a unique behind-the-scenes video presentation, three technicians muck in and explain just how hi-tech a plane loo actually is.

Each loo is a very pricey piece of kit, they explain in the short clip, costing about US$17,000. 

Peter Lowen, who works for Air New Zealand's technical department, talks through the construction, and workings of, the plane toilet

Peter Lowen, who works for Air New Zealand's technical department, talks through the construction, and workings of, the plane toilet

Pointing at the twin-valves, engineer Duan Russell says there is 'no chance' of excrement escaping mid-air

Pointing at the twin-valves, engineer Duan Russell says there is 'no chance' of excrement escaping mid-air

The three engineers talk through the hard work and testing that goes into the construction of the plane toilet

The three engineers talk through the hard work and testing that goes into the construction of the plane toilet

Each one is made up of 300 parts and even has a computer to control it, reveal engineers Duan Russell, Jack Westcott and Peter Lowen. 

Westcott says that the toilet is 'perhaps the most important part' of the aircraft, before the trio explain that putting together what many passengers may take for granted is 'no joke'.

Lowen says that each toilet will take about one day to put together. 

Without a fully working and effective toilet, the plane will not be able to take to the skies

Without a fully working and effective toilet, the plane will not be able to take to the skies

The toilets constructed by Air New Zealand cost around USD$17,000 to build, around £11,500

The toilets constructed by Air New Zealand cost around USD$17,000 to build, around £11,500

Over 300 parts make up the plane toilet, which can take a day to construct, according to Air New Zealand

Over 300 parts make up the plane toilet, which can take a day to construct, according to Air New Zealand

Russell adds that the $17,000 price tag 'surely makes this one of the world's most expensive toilets'.

The trio then emphasise that without a toilet, not only can passengers 'not go', but the plane will not be able to 'go' either. 

Some believe that plane toilets can leak when flying, but Russell says that there's 'no chance' of this happening, thanks to a 'two-valve system that ensures it won't ever happen'. 

The tanks can only be emptied when the plane has landed, according to the engineers.

'So the next time you're up there, think of us down here, putting in a hard day's work in Air New Zealand's very own pee lab,' they conclude.  

It's revealed that each toilet is actually computer controlled

It's revealed that each toilet is actually computer controlled

 

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