Fully-enclosed? Semi-enclosed? "Lav" seats? Curtains?
"It is Shaircraft's business to 'sweat the details' for private travelers and sometimes those details are a bit delicate to say the least," says Butler. "Knowing the difference between a fully enclosed and a semi-enclosed private jet toilet is one such example."
Butler explains to Forbes that a fully enclosed private jet toilet means either a hardwood swinging door, hardwood bi-fold doors, hardwood sliding pocket doors that meet to create a solid door, or a hard-plastic accordion door. Along with that, you can expect a toilet, a sink or wash basin, and a vanity mirror. He notes that many private jets have a certified "lav" seat, which is essentially a way to add an additional passenger to your flight when there are no traditional seats available. While it may not be as comfortable as a regular seat, Butler explains that the certified lav seat should be cushioned with the same materials as all of the other seats within the cabin and also be equipped with a safety belt.
For those less concerned with privacy, Butler points to the "semi-enclosed" option (sometimes described in brochures as a "partially enclosed lav"). These are single seats with liftable seat cushions exposing an emergency toilet. These toilets have no doors surrounding the seat, but may be outfitted with a removable privacy curtain. Alas, that may be little consolation to those with privacy concerns.
Read "To Go Or Not To Go - What You Need to Know About Private Jet Toilets" here.