This is What Happens When You Flush Your Waste Down Aeroplane Toilets

It's actually quite complicated!

Once you've finished in those cramped aeroplane loos, and that scarily noisy flush makes your waste disappear, do you ever stop and wonder where it actually goes?

 

While the first thought might be that it shoots out into the sky, it turns out it's something completely different – and quite complicated.

 

The reason the flush is so loud is because it uses strong suction to prevent blockages. When you flush the loo, a valve opens to collect all the waste that is sucked from the bowl.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

 

The waste is then coated with Teflon to stop it from sticking to the pipes.

 

It then travels through the pipes, similar to your at-home plumbing – but instead of joining the sewage system, the waste is stored in tanks on board.

 

When the plane lands, a special vehicle attaches a hose to the sewage tank and empties it, ready for the next flight.

So next time, you can go back to your seat reassured that there's no risk of it landing on somebody's house.

Via Good Housekeeping

What do you think?

Life
Share
3 Walking Workouts That Burn Serious Calories
Lose weight *and* take in the beautiful outdoors!
Life
Share
Francia Raisa Shows Her Scars for the First Time Since Donating a Kidney to Selena Gomez
"Happy to be back," she wrote on Instagram.
Life
Share
If Music Gives You Goosebumps, Your Brain Might Be Special
Science finally has an explanation for that tingly feeling.
Life
Share
I Lost 20 Lbs On The Anti-Inflammatory Diet—And Fixed My Skin Forever
One month in, my life changed completely.
Life
Share
Why Some People Aren't So Happy About the New Royal Baby
Not everyone is excited about Will and Kate's expanding family.
Life
Share
Do-Nut Freak Out Over These Sweet New Disney Treats
Mickey! Mouse! Donuts!
Life
Share
Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Had Yet Another Very Awkward Handshake Moment
Did he just... push her?
Life
Share
Netflix Users, Beware of This Email Scam That Looks So Real It's Scary
Be sure to warn your friends!
Life
Share
Incredible Body Transformation Shows What Happens When You Ditch Cardio and Dieting
The difference is astounding.
Life
Share
What Your Go-To Sexy Bra Says About Who You Attract
The truth is very revealing.