Ryanair may start charging passengers for using its toilet

Ryanair is considering imposing a £1 fee for using its aircraft toilets.

Published: 02 Mar 2009

Ryanair is considering imposing a £1 fee for using its aircraft 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,” Michael O'Leary said in a televison interview.

He dismissed concerns that passengers without the right change would be inconvenienced. “I don’t think there is anybody in history that has got on board a Ryanair aircraft with less than a pound,” he said.

A spokesman for Ryanair, Stephen McNamara, issued a statement saying: “Michael makes a lot of this stuff up as he goes along and while this has been discussed internally there are no immediate plans to introduce it.” He added, though: “Not everyone uses the toilet on board one of our flights but those that do could help to reduce airfares for all passengers.”

Rochelle Turner, head of research at Which? Holiday, said: “It seems Ryanair is prepared to plumb any depth to make a fast buck and, once again, is putting profit before the comfort of its customers.”

“Charging people to go to the toilet might result in fewer people buying overpriced drinks on board, though. That would serve Ryanair right.”

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