Fresh on the heels of one budget airline announcing that it will ask passengers to pay extra to bring carry-on bags on board,
another is considering charging them for using the lavatory.
Ryanair, which is based in Dublin, Ireland, and bills itself as "Europe's first and largest low fares airline,"
is mulling a plan that would require travelers to pay either 1 euro or 1 British pound (about $1.33 or $1.52)
for using the bathroom on flights lasting one hour or less!
The plan, titled "Ryanair Cost Saving Proposal," was published in the airline's inflight magazine.
The carrier said it is working with Boeing to develop a coin-operated door release so that when nature calls,
passengers would need to deposit the change before being able to use the facilities.
The idea is to encourage people to use restrooms in airport terminals before boarding, Ryanair said.
If the airline were to proceed, the changes would be at least 12 to 18 months away.
As part of the plan, the airline is also considering removing two of the three lavatories on some of its planes
so it could squeeze in up to six extra seats.
The move would help reduce fares by at least 5 percent, Ryanair said.
It's not the first time the airline has broached the subject of a toilet fee.
CEO Michael O'Leary told the BBC in February 2009 that he was considering the charge.
How would it fly with passengers?
One hint of how Americans might feel about it
may come from an informal poll posted on TripAdvisor.com last summer
in which one-fifth of the respondents said they would fly on an airline that charged a fee to access the bathroom;
78 percent said they would not.
About 5,300 people answered the online survey question.
But the idea may be less shocking to travelers in Europe,
where it's not unusual to pay a small fee to use a public restroom.
Meanwhile, Ryanair announced Tuesday that it's raising its checked luggage fee from 15 euros to 20 euros per bag for the peak vacation months of July and August.
"Ryanair is determined to incentivise passengers to travel light this summer," spokesman Stephen McNamara said in a statement.
The airline urged its passengers to avoid the fees by bringing carry-on bags only.
Ryanair is already well-known for its fees and is up-front about them on its Web site, which details charges for everything from online check-in to traveling with infants.
Customers haven't balked; in fact, Ryanair's passenger traffic grew 13 percent last month compared to the same time last year, the airline reported.
Low-cost carriers have embraced the concept of a la carte pricing, or keeping base fares at rock bottom levels while charging passengers for any extra services.
On Tuesday, Florida-based Spirit Airlines announced that it will charge its customers $20 to $45 for items they place in the overhead bins.
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What fresh hell is THIS?!
Good grief, what next? Adult Pampers in the airport terminals restroom facilities?!
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OMG £1 to visit the loo as soon as I put on the lap belt I need the loo even if I go just before boarding. it's an age and girl thing.......I hope. :D
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This like a late April Fool joke.
8th April 2010, 01:51 PM #6Boatswain Member
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Imagine the scenario......
You have been on the flight for 20 minutes with your legs crossed when you decide you've just got to go. So you join the long queue for the one WC behind the West Gridlock rugby union team who have spent the last 2 hours downing pints in the airport bar celebrating their historic win - that's fifteen players plus substitutes. A couple of them decide to sit down and get their full pound's worth. Finally, in complete agony you reach the front of the queue and turn round in tears to say "anyone got change of a Tenner?". Then the "fasten seat belts" sign comes on.
Good job it's only for flights of one hour or less......
8th April 2010, 02:11 PM #7
It's not the end of the world for short flights, as long as they don't introduce it for longer flights.
Ryanair is so cheap that the extra charges aren't a rip-off. I'm off to Belfast tomorrow and flights are only £10 each way. That would only get me 20 miles maximum on the train!
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I actually heard about that a while ago.......:D...the world has gone bonkers!!!!:mad:
some call me Mrs Early Bird......:p
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I predict a big increase in the "portable urinal" which is guaranteed leak proof and has an adapter for women, promoted as being essential for long journeys carol
perhaps this is the answer?!? :D
SHEWEE - THE OFFICIAL HOME OF SHEWEE THE PORTABLE URINATING DEVICE FOR WOMEN
and it's dishwasher proof! would you really put it in the dishwasher? logically - it would get sterilised but, oh, the thought!
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