Brand-new "flushable potty economy seats" on planes mean you'll never again have to crawl over others to use the bathroom. Talk about convenient! And airlines make money on the deal by adding seats where toilets once were. "It's a win win for everyone," crows a blog with an illustration of the new seats that was posted Monday by a Northern California travel agency.
They're kidding, right? Of course. It's a humorous holiday attempt by Fremont-based Let's Fly Cheaper to take a jab at the airline industry and create some marketing buzz too.
"The airlines always find new ways to charge us extra dollars," says Chief Executive Ramon van Meer. "I would not be surprised if they start charging us for the bathroom or toilet paper."
Van Meer says several newspapers and TV stations contacted him (no airlines yet) after the Onion-esque news release went out. He thought the joke was pretty obvious, but after some reporters asked via email whether the seats were real, he quickly added to the blog post: