There may be no personal jetpacks or hoverboards or even cheesecake in pill form, but at least we have advanced enough as a civilization to install self-closing toilet lids in airplane lavatories.
This miracle of modern engineering we only just discovered after @jonk tweeted us to ask if, after having seen auto-close lids on United's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, LAN's new birds had them as well.
Onboard the inaugural flight of the LAN 787 from LAX non-stop to Santiago, Chile earlier this week, we had 10 hours to explore the 787 in-flight, in both Economy and Premium Business class, and made the question of the lavatory a priority. Check back Tuesday for our full review and photo galleries of the flight, but let's resolve this important issue right here and now.
Okay okay...a little further temptation. While waiting at the gate to push back and head for the runway at LAX, we noticed an ABC News crew down on the tarmac. They were obviously filming a segment on this flight and we caught the footage already being passed around California stations. Check it out:
Disclosure: We traveled onboard the inaugural as a guest of LAN Airlines, but all jet lag, photos and opinions are strictly our own.