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China Southern Airlines urges travellers to use bathroom before boarding - report.


China Southern Airlines is urging air travellers to use the bathroom before boarding its aircraft.

The airline has reportedly calculated that it takes a litre of fuel to flush the toilet at 30,000 feet. Captain Liu Zhiyuan said that the energy used for one flush in-flight is enough to run an economical car at least ten kilometres, according to the news service Xinhua.

In addition the captain said, citing a survey carried out by the airline's logistics department, that one kilogramme of items such as blankets and pillows transported by air for one hour uses up 0.2kg of fuel. This reportedly means that the blankets and pillows carried on board an aircraft uses up 60 tonnes of fuel every day.

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Date:Nov 30, 2006
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