FAA removes emergency oxygen from airline lavatories (USAToday.com)

November 28, 2011

Airlines earlier this year quietly removed the emergency oxygen from lavatories because of concerns that it could be used to start a fire.

Safety officials now are working with aircraft manufacturers to develop a secure oxygen system. Trouble is, it’ll take two to four years to complete the job, the Federal Aviation Administration says.

That’s not fast enough for safety advocates and flight attendants. They’re concerned that passengers, flight attendants and pilots using a lavatory could be seriously harmed or killed if there is an aircraft decompression and emergency oxygen is needed immediately at a high altitude.

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