Feb 27, 2009

Pay As You Go?



Ryanair could make passengers pay for toilets on its aircraft

Fri, 2009-02-27 13:51.

Shawn Pogatchnik, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DUBLIN - Is a bathroom an optional extra when you're at 30,000 feet? Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary seems to think so - as his no-frills airline contemplates charging customers to use toilets on its aircraft.

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4 comments:

Peter said...

I think O'Leary's blowing air here. I don't see how an airline can deny anyone the use of the bathroom. All it would take is one airplane taken out of service for extensive cleaning on account of a couple of customers who had to go, but wouldn't pay and O'Leary will wish he had never thought of this money grab.

Mind you, AC has only 2 toilets on the E190s (and one is for executive class), which on YYZ-YXX is probably one too few for 90-odd pax, especially with kids involved!

Aviatrix said...

I think it's somewhere between a joke and a threat. You can't hold someone captive in a tube and require them to pay to use the toilet.

Passengers would circumvent it by simply holding the door open for each other after the first person ponied up.

Jim Mantle said...

Aviatrix: But then the airline would circumvent that by charging you to flush. Eventually they'd get their money.

The free market will take care of this. Either Ryanair will end up flying only short flights (less profitable) or they'd get little money from the loo because of door-holding, or they'd get a periodic cleaning bill from a number of burst bladders, or passengers will simply take another airline that advertises "look at us! Same low fairs, and free bathrooms".

motarsha said...

Would sick sacks also have to be sealed with coin-operated locks? Adds new meaning to the term: dime bag ...