It could get messy as Ryanair threatens to charge for the toilet

Posted on Mon Mar 2 2009


People don't like it, but it's hard to begrudge airlines, given their financial state, for asking people to pay for things like meals and extra checked bags. It gets a little more ridiculous when they start charging for stuff like pillows and blankets. But now Ryanair is ready to truly test consumers' patience (not to mention their bladders and their bowels), as the low-cost Irish airline is considering charging for the on-board toilet. CEO Michael O'Leary said Friday that he's thinking of "putting a coin slot on the toilet door so that people might actually have to spend a pound to spend a penny in future." He's not worried about the obvious. "I don't think there is anybody in history that has got on board a Ryanair aircraft with less than a pound," he says. Of course, O'Leary could be joking. This is a guy who once said Ryanair passengers could expect "beds and blow jobs" in business class. Still, a Consumerist reader is worried enough to whip up a mock safety instruction manual indicating what Ryanair might charge for next.

—Posted by Tim Nudd



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