Ryanair to Charge Passengers To Use the Bathroom – Breathing Oxygen Next?

February 28, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The man who pioneered charging airline customers to check bags, just might be serious about mile-high toilet extortion, too. Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary says his no-frills (more like no class) airline might charge customers to use its aircrafts’ toilets. Cattle class has now become econo-crap flying.

O’Leary ‘pissed off’ a lot of people Friday as he suggested that future Ryanair passengers might be obliged to insert a British pound coin before they gain access to in-flight relief.

As always when introducing new charges, O’Leary suggested a separate toilet fee would lower ticket costs and make flying, somehow, better for all, blah, blah, blah. Nobody, even his own aides, seemed to be sure if he was serious or pursuing his well-documented penchant for making brazen declarations to win free advertising.

When asked, during an interview on BBC Television, what would happen if a customer really had to go, but didn’t have the correct change, O’Leary dismissed the scenario as implausible. This even though Ireland and most of Europe uses euros, not the British currency, and even on-board attendants often find themselves without the correct change.

“I don’t think there’s anybody in history (who has) gone on board a Ryanair aircraft with less than a pound,” he said.  The question is can passengers get off the plane with any money in their pockets.


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