Like a bad case of indigestion, hopefully this fad has passed, but in March Gadling‘s Heather Poole uncovered what she called the “hottest trend on the airplane since the mile high club“: airplane passengers taking self-portraits in the lavatories.
On a subsequent post Poole referred to these photographers as members of the “laviators club” and posted a second slideshow of this emerging sub-genre of the self-portrait.
But is it a trend? Or is it just bored airplane passengers looking for entertainment having already finished reading the SkyMall catalog?
Evidence that’s it’s an emerging fad:
- 185 results on a search for “lavatory airplane” on Flickr
- t-shirt in the works
- mention on National Geographic‘s Intelligent Travel Blog (post later deleted)
- YouTube video
There’s also ample proof that this concept of laviators has fizzled (if it ever took off in the first place):
- no entry in Urban Dictionary
- no entry in Wikipedia
- eight results on a search for “laviator” on Flickr
Now, I’m not anti-photographing lavatories–and I have a slideshow of historic European toilets to prove it.
But what’s the attraction of an airplane’s restroom? If a visit to one is memorable, it’s usually not for a good reason. And taking a self-portrait in one? That’s just evidence that you didn’t do a better job preparing for your flight by using the bathroom in the airport.