Commode controversy at O'Hare Airport

The cleanliness of the toilet seats at Chicago's O’Hare International Airport is being questioned. The newly installed automatically wrapped toilet seats may not be as sanitary as advertised.

Call it the commode controversy that began with a video made by a reporter at the Chicago Sun Times. The video is all about those plastic wrapped toilet seats at O’Hare Airport that are supposed to be fresh with every use.

The male reporter used orange juice to represent urine and shows how in a test some of the liquid made it onto the fresh plastic for the next use.

This report comes on the heels of hundreds of O’Hare janitors and window washers losing their jobs just before Christmas.

Mayor Emanuel replaced their employees with a contractor, United Maintenance.

Unfortunately for United Management, the people coming through the bathrooms were not impressed.

Wednesday at City Hall, many of those 320 former employees and union members called on the Mayor to hire back hundreds who are still without work.

"I was laid off,” says Mildred Rueda who was laid off. “Now I am unemployed. But the fight's not done."

The SANI SEAT devices that United Maintenance had installed are the same ones, according to the New Jersey company, that have been at O’Hare for 13 years, and they believe the seat in the video was tampered with.

"We have been spending the afternoon trying to reduplicate what that video showed, and we have not been able to reduplicate it,” said Jerold Wagenheim who works for the SANI SEAT. “We are looking for other types of orange juice."

The Chicago Sun-Times Reporter declined an on-camera interview, but the paper says the video speaks for itself.

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