When the U.S. airlines began charging customers to check their first bag, more than one Travel Weekly reader commented half-jokingly, "What’s next, pay toilets?"
It may not be a joke, as Ryanair is considering charging passengers to use the onboard restrooms.
"One thing we’ve looked at in the past and are looking at again is the possibility of maybe putting in a coin slot on the toilet door so that people might actually have to spend a pound to spend a penny in the future," Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said in a BBC television interview.
Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara said that the airline may not go through with it.
"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," McNamara said. "However, this highlights Ryanair's continuing obsession with lowering costs and passing these savings on in the form of lower fares, which currently average just 34 euros.
"Ancillary revenues, all of which are avoidable, help to reduce the cost of flying Ryanair, and passengers using train and bus stations are already accustomed to paying to use the toilet so why not on airplanes?
"Not everyone uses the toilet on board one of our flights, but those that do could help to reduce airfares for all passengers. Then again, maybe O’Leary was just taking the p*ss this morning."