Dutch National Railways said Friday it has introduced so-called "pee-bags" as an emergency alternative to non-existing toilets on its short-hop trains. "From today plastic bags will be made available on trains to be handed out to passengers in case of extreme emergencies," NS spokesman Eric Trinthamer told AFP, saying "it included when trains were stranded." Should passengers be caught short, the train's driver or conductor will hand out the bags and passengers will be able to use the unoccupied driver's cabin at the back of the train.
Dutch train drivers also reacted with fury, saying they were revolted by the idea of their work space being turned into a lavatory. "When I first heard about it, I thought it was a joke. Wim Eilert of the country's driver's union (VVMC) told the ANP news agency. "To let people pee where somebody else needs to work, that will not do. It's distasteful," he said