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article imageBag-it-yourself bathroom option introduced on Dutch trains

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Oct 9, 2011 in Lifestyle
When most people think of Holland, they think of historic windmills, lush fields of tulips, "coffee" shops, and the traditional wooden shoes. But now, this beautiful country may also be known for its unorthodox bathroom solution on some of its trains.
Reuters reports that a plan has recently been unveiled to provide urinal bags on short-distance trains. These types of trains are currently not equipped with any bathroom facilities onboard.
The bags are only meant to be used during emergency situations, like when a train becomes stranded due to inclement weather or a power outage occurs. Conductors in these cases would go around to passengers and distribute the bags. Passengers would then have the option of going to a private area on board the train to use them if needed.
The bags themselves have a spout attached to them and are filled with a powder substance, according to the Pocono Record. In a twist of weird science, the liquid waste a person deposits into the bag turns into a gel-like substance. The bags may then be disposed of onboard or simply tossed into a waste receptacle when passengers disembark.
BBC News reports that this measure has been met with opposition by the general public. Many feel this option is not hygienic and is not suited for female passengers.
Even though only about 16% of the country's trains are not equipped with bathroom facilities, a large number of people feel there is a need to come up with a more practical solution.
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