Unlike the shuttles of "Star Trek", which are warp-capable, the Puddle Jumpers of "Stargate: Atlantis" require a gate for interstellar travel. There are numerous episodes where someone - typically 4-6 people at a time - have to spend hours or days aboard a Puddle Jumper to reach their destination.

Given that a Puddle Jumper is only two small rooms (four seats in the front and two benches in the back), and that the entire craft is only a little larger than a Stryker APC, it leaves the question of where - or how - going to the bathroom works. I was wondering if this situation was ever addressed in the franchise or extended universe.

How does someone go the bathroom while in a Puddle Jumper for hours or days?

As far as I know, we never see bedpans or bags specified for that purpose, although granted there is a lot of stuff stored in the upper compartments of the rear area.

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    I'm sure there's a meta layer to this question, an experiment to see who will make the joke...
    – Gaultheria
    Jul 10, 2017 at 3:28
  • Hours a day? Season 4's Midway had four people stuck in a Puddle Jumper for a couple of weeks! And if McKay is to believed, Sheppard locked himself in the bulkhead after just the first day. Jul 10, 2017 at 5:43

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Specific to the series I do not remember a toilet flush or mention of a character having to relieve themselves in all five seasons and I have watched them multiple times. I do not think this topic was ever covered...

Not on a toilet... That would be like having a bathroom in a car... you should have taken a bus or a motor home (i.e. the Daedulus). In reality however, US Military forces use what we call a "wag bag" in the field/ during an operation. Basically you have a makeshift plastic toilet that you put a plastic bag into and [...]. Then after you have [...] you tie up the bag and save it to throw away later. I would expect the Atlantis crew to do a similar thing when they left the city.

Fun Fact: APCs don't have toilets either!

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    Could you tone down the inter-service rivalry a bit? It's hard to tell what parts of this answer are serious and which parts are a joke. Jul 10, 2017 at 5:31
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    I agree, the answer should stick to the point at hand.
    – Hans Olo
    Jul 10, 2017 at 6:09

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