After some long-haul flights, travels in China, and exposure to this podcast (Fork Fashions and Toilet Trends) and that letter (Why the world deserves a better toilet) I cannot help but wonder this:

Are commercial airplanes universally equipped with Western toilets, or are there exceptions? For instance, I have encountered squat toilets on Chinese bullet trains, but I would not expect to encounter them on planes operated by Chinese carriers.

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    Some long-distance trains have squat toilets AFAIK. Does that count? – Andrew Grimm Nov 14 '18 at 10:03
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    I imagine squat toilets would be extremely inconvenient during turbulence. – JonathanReez Nov 14 '18 at 11:14
  • @JonathanReez Well, super-high-tech Japanese toilets e.g. on Air Japan could also qualify as affirmative answer, if they existed :-) – Drux Nov 15 '18 at 6:40
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    On some Japanese trains you have both. But the ratio of toilets to passengers is I believe much higher than on a plane, and people’s visits are not partially dictated by a common schedule (like meals on aircraft, or back in the day/on aircraft without personal IFE). In aircraft, you need to go for something that nearly everyone will accept. Western people usually don’t like squat toilets at all and wouldn’t use them unless they really have no other option, and would be very unhappy about it. I don’t think the reverse is true (but I may be wrong on that one). – jcaron Nov 15 '18 at 8:44

Since airplanes are usually built also for international flight routes, I don't think that they do a special edition with non western toilets.

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    That's not a real answer but just a guess, isn't it? – Drux Nov 14 '18 at 22:21

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