As if using the bathroom on an airplane could get any more nerve-racking, some airlines actually charge extra fees for the option.

By Erika Owen
December 11, 2015
Credit: Sergio Dionisio

Comfort is not a word that comes to mind when describing airplanes. But there is one thing you can count on (most of the time): a working bathroom. Over the past few years, some airlines have considered charging a fee for any passenger that decides to use the airplane bathroom—but the United States government has something to say about that.

A recent bill from Representative Dan Lipinski of Illinois called the Comfortable and Fair Flights Act of 2015 proposes that airlines cannot add any fees for passengers looking to use the lavatory. In addition, any passenger booked on a flight with a out-of-service bathroom has the ability to switch flights with no added fee. Another day, another potential airline fee kicked to the curb.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.