How do the people on the Enterprise (in Star Trek the Next Generation) take off the uniform in order to use the toilet? The uniform is a one-piece!

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    Call Riker. He's an expert.
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 9, 2020 at 19:33
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    That's actually two questions in one. (1) How do the actors remove the uniform to go to the toilet? Which Valorum has answered. For more detail, ask the actors! (2) How do the Enterprise characters remove the uniform for the same purpose? Well now, this leaves room for discussion if there has ever been mention in canon of advanced fabrics that open and close without our familiar zippers, buttons, Velcro, or other fasteners. Commented Feb 9, 2020 at 20:04
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    For the actors, the original TNG jumpsuits appear to have seams down the front which could reasonably be zippers. They have similar-looking seams down the outside of the arms, so there may be zippers there also. I'd imagine the actors would have to pretty much remove the entire uniform for bathroom breaks. As for the 24th century, I'm sure the uniforms are fitted with strategically located and camouflaged fasteners for maximum convenience during rest breaks.
    – Anthony X
    Commented Feb 9, 2020 at 20:19
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    I expect they prank new cadets by telling them that they can go straight into their suit, then waiting until they find out that you can't
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 9, 2020 at 20:44
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    It's something of a trope that there are no toilets in Star Trek. Perhaps medical science had moved beyond the traditional means of bodily waste disposal? Commented Feb 9, 2020 at 20:48

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Starfleet one-piece jumpsuits seem to come in two flavours; Front zipping for main character men and rear zipping for main character females.

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That being the case, the obvious way to go to the toilet would be to zip it down to the waist (or lower back), lower the jumpsuit past your waist to your ankles, void your bowels/bladder, use the three seashells and then do everything back up in reverse.

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    loved the three seashells reference! Commented Feb 10, 2020 at 18:12
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    @MatíasCánepa - In Kirk's day they used toilet paper; "“Well, if it isn’t the Enterprise.” Julius Merrill’s unmistakable voice, familiar from dozens of recorded speeches, filtered through the chair speaker. “Nice to hear from you. We were damn near running out of toilet paper out here.”" - Pocket Books - TOS: Constellations
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 10, 2020 at 19:01
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    Actually, the "first gen" uniforms were front zipping for both men and women and the "second gen" was back zipping for both. Commented Feb 11, 2020 at 21:43
  • @BrianOrtiz - If you look at the stills from Encounter at Farpoint, you can see that they tended to go by frontsies for the men and backsies for the women; vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/images/9/9f/…. That being said, the defining feature regarding zipper choice seems to be whether they needed to make the breasts (for women) or chests (for men) more prominent so it's not always as simple as front/men, back/women.
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 11, 2020 at 22:42
  • @Valorum That still is misleading. If you watch the episode, Troi is the only one without a front zip. Commented Feb 12, 2020 at 15:18

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