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America's airports finally win the restroom race

How airports are raising the bar on bathroom standards


After a decade-long slump, American airports are celebrating a resurgence in restroom excellence. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport initiated the winning streak in 2016, with Tampa International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport following suit in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

According to a report on The Washington Post, airports are prioritizing restroom upgrades, investing in expanded stall sizes, enhanced privacy features, and cutting-edge technology. Ty Osbaugh, a principal architect at Gensler, emphasizes the goal of creating a luxurious restroom experience akin to a five-star hotel.

Jonathan Dean, spokesman for BWI, underscores the importance of clean and ample restroom facilities, citing passenger surveys. Terry Rookard from AECOM echoes this sentiment, highlighting restrooms as a key factor influencing travelers' perceptions of airports.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021 is fueling restroom renovations across airports, with grants supporting projects like the Terminal Restroom Renovation Program at Oakland International Airport.

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the transition from manual fixtures to touchless technology, enhancing hygiene and minimizing germ transmission.

Airports are adopting inclusive measures, including gender-neutral facilities, lactation suites, and family-friendly amenities, to accommodate diverse travelers' needs.

Airports are embracing smart restroom technology for efficient maintenance, introducing features like "tush lights" to indicate stall availability and sensor-driven cleaning systems.

In addition to functional improvements, airports are enhancing restroom aesthetics with natural light, artwork installations, and custom designs, aiming to elevate the overall restroom experience for passengers.

As airports continue to prioritize restroom renovations and innovations, travelers can expect a more comfortable, inclusive, and aesthetically pleasing restroom experience during their journeys.

[With information sourced from The Washington Post]

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