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Bri­tish fliers should pre­pare them­selves for a new breed of cramped air­craft lava­to­ries.

Both Boe­ing and Air­bus are in­creas­ingly bow­ing to de­mands from air­lines to make on-board loos more com­pact so they can pack in ex­tra pas­sen­gers.

The new­est Boe­ing 737 air­craft, al­ready used by sev­eral US air­lines and be­ing de­liv­ered to

Euro­pean car­ri­ers, in­clud­ing Ryanair, early next year, fea­ture cu­bi­cles just 24in wide – down from the 34in of­fered on pre­vi­ous mod­els.

And com­plaints have been flood­ing in from Amer­i­can pas­sen­gers strug­gling to use the tiny fa­cil­i­ties, with many post­ing pho­to­graphs on so­cial me­dia. Taller fliers re­port hav­ing to duck to avoid hit­ting their heads, while the sinks are said to be so small that it is im­pos­si­ble to wash both hands at the same time.

Air­bus has also un­veiled re­con­fig­ured lava­to­ries for its newer mod­els that al­low room for six ex­tra seats. BA is wait­ing for 35 new short-haul Air­bus jets with the com­pact of­fer­ing.

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