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Plane bathrooms are not the nicest places in the world. Ideally, you’d probably want to avoid visiting them at all costs.

But if you’re on a 12-plus hour flight to the other side of the world, that’s not going to happen.

Mel Magazine has taken it upon themselves to solve this serious, real-life issue.

They asked former flight attendant Erika Roth when the best time to go is.

And her answer:

As soon as the seat belt light goes off, before they start the drinks service.

Also, don’t take more than 20 minutes, or staff will knock on the door to check up on you.

But what if you are worried about, well, causing a smell? Erika also has some advice for that:

Close quarters, poor ventilation and a lack of efficient plumbing — to be blunt, the stench can fill a cabin quickly.

Ask an attendant for packets of coffee grounds, then hang them up in the lavatory. The grounds will soak up the odor.

So now there’s no excuse.

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