A DOCTOR has warned that men could be making airplane toilets a lot less hygienic than women almost every time they use them.

Plane loos are generally considered to be quite unclean places anyway, but it turns out that one of the main reasons for that is men.

By standing up to pee instead of sitting down, they're vastly increasing their chances of missing the target, which makes things far worse for other passengers who have to go in after them.

Doctor Giovanni Losco, a urologist from New Zealand, has recommended taking a seat when using the toilet in transit, especially for men whose equipment isn't working quite so well.

He told Stuff NZ: “Particularly for men with a weak flow where the stream is not a single stream, sitting often makes it easier to catch all the urine in the toilet.”

That's even truer for men on board a plane that will often shake about at random, increasing the risk of a mistake for a standing male.

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However, some gents see it as "un-manly" to pee sitting down, so will still opt to stand, even with a greater chance of making a mess.

But a former airline pilot has told men to forget about feeling macho, in certain instances, and agreed that sitting is a much better option when flying.

On a Quora thread titled "How easy is it for men to pee aboard a moving airplane?" he wrote: "On a smooth flight, using the lavatory in the traditional, manly way is pretty easy.

"It’s about the same as peeing in a phone booth, if you're inclined to do that sort of thing. It’s tight confines but certainly easy enough, especially if you’re tall enough to lean forward a little and rest your forehead against the curved side of the fuselage.

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"If the air is turbulent, then most likely the seat belt sign is on and, as the Captain says, you shouldn’t be up moving about the cabin.

"However, when nature calls, I think we all know, it can often be an urgent message and staying in your seat isn’t an option.

"At the risk of seeming ‘un-manly,’ the prudent thing to do during turbulence is to sit down to pee.

"Otherwise there is a high risk of things getting out of control, so to speak, and causing pee to go everywhere including on yourself. Forget the macho bit, nobody’s watching anyway."

Pee on plane floors is one of the main reasons passengers are warned about going barefoot on flights.

One flight attendant said: "I promise you, nine times out of 10, that is not water on the floor.

"The toilets are often absolutely disgusting and get deep cleaned only at the end of a route, for us this could be from one side of the world to the other.

"Imagine how lovely they are at the end of a 12 hour flight with 200 people using them.”

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Meanwhile, another flight attendant revealed the gross thing you should never do in a plane bathroom.

And this is what really happens when you flush an airplane toilet.

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