Ryanair May Institute Pay Toilets

By | February 27, 2009
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Last week, Ryanair announced it was eliminating check-in desks, and we oddly enough, thought it would end at that for a bit. Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s CEO, told BBC Television that they are considering pay toilets.

“One thing we have looked at in the past and are looking at again is the possibility of maybe putting a coin slot on the toilet door so that people might actually have to spend a pound to spend a penny in future.”

The Middle Seat Terminal adds some information implying that the idea was discussed, but never turned into policy. And that O’Leary makes things up as he goes along. It is hardly a practical idea. A few years ago, they tried removing toilets from planes to add extra seats, and were stopped. There is no legal requirement apparently, for planes to have toilets at all, or to provide it free of charge.

“Once again, Ryanair is putting profit before the comfort of its customers,” Rochelle Turner, head of research at Which? Holiday, told Sky News. “Charging people to go to the toilet might result in fewer people buying overpriced drinks on board, though — that would serve Ryanair right,” she added.

Perhaps, as Today in the Sky brought up, should the question be asked: Is there absolutely nothing this airline won’t do?

The answer is clearly no…if they think they can get away with it.

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