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It’s almost as if Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary is determined to do anything and everything in his power to remain unchallenged as the Rasputin of the airline industry. It’s a role he clearly savors.

So, when his villain mantle was momentarily challenged this week by Spirit Airlines' announcement that it would start charging passengers $30 for carry-on baggage, O’Leary apparently couldn’t resist playing a trump card.

According to this report in London’s Daily Mail, Ryanair will forge ahead with a once-abandoned plan to charge passengers to use onboard bathrooms.

The airline is reportedly working with Boeing to redesign the cabin and develop coin-operated toilets on 168 of its planes. Passengers would have to pay one euro or one British pound to use the restroom.

At the current exchange rate, that would make it about 15% more expensive for a Brit to relieve an urgent need than it would be for other members of the E.U. Do the Irish have a sense of humor or what?

Ryanair spokesperson Stephen McNamara offered the Daily Mail this rationalization: "By charging for the toilets, we are hoping to change passenger behavior so that they use the bathroom before or after the flight. That will enable us to remove two out of three of the toilets and make way for at least six extra seats onboard."

Ryanair did not tell the Daily Mail when the pay toilets would be in place, but the wise flyer would start extreme bladder-control training before purchasing his or her next seat on Ryanair.

— Rob Fixmer

Is this for real?
Are there no rules that would forbid this type of discrimination that could lead to health ramifications, or worth, passengers relieving themselves in their seats if they just don't happen to have change. Having been a flight attendant for 40 years, I have never heard of anything as outrageous as this new way to increase yield on a plane by adding seats in the place of toilets and compromising people's well being.
Posted by: marketing at 4/8/2010 8:02 AM

The accountants in "load Control" (no pun) have gone too far. Anticipated distress will exclude many fliers, particularly but not confined to older passengers.
With one "pay toilet" one can only imagine the torment of waiting about ten minutes while someone has their moneysworth.
No- this won't fly. I hope Boeing's design fees are worth this "coin op" publicity stunt. Actual flight time, like advertised air fares, bears no relation to the real cost or travel time, check-in security lines etc.
Posted by: marketing at 4/8/2010 8:21 AM

Posted by: marketing at 4/8/2010 8:59 AM

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Michael O’Leary is mentally ill and should be removed as CEO immediately! This latest move, if proven to be true, will come back to haunt him...
Is Ryanair that close to the edge of failure? This guy never ceases to amaze...
Posted by: marketing( Visit ) at 4/8/2010 10:29 AM

Well, that article once again validates why I will never fly Ryanair. How's their attitude toward maintenance?
Posted by: marketing at 4/14/2010 7:50 AM

Is O' Leary taking the ....

I wonder how many aircraft will have to be taken out of service because passengers did not have the correct change!

Does this mean Ryanair will no longer serve drinks on sandwiches on their flights, to avoid accidents?

O'Leary is publicity at any price, at least he makes more money than the that other loudmouth Irishman (Walsh).
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