Wednesday, March 17, 2004

In Anything We Do, There Has To Be A Smile!

The 'we' is Virgin Airways, and the smile in this case is in the new men's urinals in the Virgin Airways Clubhouse in John F. Kennedy airport.

Even though they allow for high-volume servicing and back-in-a-flash trips to the john, the point-and-shoot-a-stinky-deodorizer-cake oddity known as the men's restroom urinal has been, for women, a constant enigma. But nothing will prepare you for the men's room in the newly-designed Virgin Airways Clubhouse in New York's John F. Kennedy airport, terminal 4: Urinals shaped like a woman's mouth, dolled up with red lipstick, wide open and ready for business.(Bolds mine)

I would have preferred an enigma to now knowing that there are men peeing into the wide open and ready mouths of women. What next? Make-up seats in the women's lounge shaped as African slaves on all fours?

Maybe nothing better can be expected of a company with the name 'virgin'. Do you want a pilot and a co-pilot to be on their virgin trip when you are sitting in the back of the plane? Still, the name is just silly, but this design feature is much more than that. Not that the powers-that-be at Virgin Airways think of it that way:

In anything that we do there has to be a smile, and that's the smile in this Clubhouse," said John Riordan, Vice President of Customer Services for Virgin Airways.

Well, I shall smile all the way to the competitors' ticket windows, thank you very much. Mr. Riordan may find that funny, too, given that he thinks urinating into a woman's mouth is a blast of a joke. Something we can all relate to, guffawing and elbowing each other while we zip up in front of all those helpless and harmless female mouths, right?

Wait a second...Maybe the mouths aren't so harmless, after all. If you click on the above link, or even better, here, you'll see a picture of the urinals, and what do we spot there, right inside the red-painted lips? Could it be.....teeth?
Thanks for the link to cc.