Airline Halts Plan for Mouth-Shaped Urinals
Mon Mar 22, 7:57 AM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Virgin Atlantic Airways on Friday scrapped
plans to install bright-red urinals shaped like women's open lips
at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, saying it had
received complaints they were offensive.
"Virgin Atlantic was very sorry to hear of people's concerns about
the design of the 'Kisses' urinals to be fitted into our clubhouse
at JFK Airport. We can assure everyone who complained to us that
no offense was ever intended," Virgin spokesman John Riordan said
in a statement.
Riordan said the British company received several dozen complaints
from people and groups including the National Organization for
Women after its plans for the urinals had been made public. NOW
had posted a message on its Web site urging members to complain to
Virgin chief Richard Branson.
"I don't know many men who think it's cool to pee in a woman's
mouth, even a porcelain one," said NOW President Kim Gandy on the
group's Web site.
The urinal, designed by a Dutch company, was the idea of a female
designer. Riordan said Virgin was surprised by the negative
reaction to the plan, part of designs for the lounge, built to
pamper first-class customers."
personally, i think this whole thing is pretty hilarious.