RyanAir Mighta Just Been Making Up Toilet Fee Idea

“Maybe O’Leary was just taking the piss this morning… 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,” said a RyanAir spokesperson in response to the CEO announcing this morning they were thinking about having coin-operated lavatory doors onboard the aircraft.

Sky-high costs to use a toilet? [Reuters] (Thanks to Robert!) (Photo: curly_exp( l)osure)


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  1. rpm773 says:

    It certainly got them in the news.

    RyanAir: The airline that doesn’t charge you to use the toilet!

    • AldisCabango says:

      They might make more money if they have free beer and coctails and charge extra for the the restroom

  2. Elcheecho says:

    you can say that about your ceo?

  3. Murph1908 says:

    Such a policy made no sense whatsoever anyway. How much would they charge? $1 (or 1 Euro) at the most?

    How much would that get them, $50 per flight?

    The backlash from such a policy would cost far more. It would be better to charge .25 more per seat on a 200 seat flight than try the loo tax.

  4. MBEmom says:

    “…his spokesman cautioned Michael O’Leary often just made things up at will.”

    Based on that statement, I think I’ll run out and get some RyanAir stock. That’s the some sound business philosophy there. Has he thought about consulting with Joaquin Phoenix?

  5. AD8BC says:

    I would start watching out for wet seat cushions in the plane…

    Toilet seat covers, hell! Give us some airplane seat covers!

    Oh yeah, they’ll start charging for those too…

  6. Blueskylaw says:

    I think they seriously wanted to try it but wanted public opinion. When the proverbial backlash came they just laughed it off as a joke while wiping the perspiration from their brow.

  7. Skeetz says:

    Are there any legal issues behind charging for the use of a bathroom on a flight? Regardless of the distance isn’t illegal to block someone from eliminating* for the sake of making more money? You’re stuck in a private flying company plane not in a public place like those public pay toilets. Is a company allowed to say “You do not have permission to eliminate unless you pay us”? And is that something they are allowed to remove from ticket prices? Smells like human rights violations, no?

    *I have a dog in puppy school. They call his pooping eliminating.

    • Yossarian says:

      @Skeetz: It’s a stupid idea and, as far as I can tell, couldn’t possibly end well for them if they are/were serious about going forward with it, but I’ve always pictured human rights violations as something more substantial than someone choosing to take an airline flight with known restrictions.

      Now, if the airline forces people onto the planes and tells them that work shall set them free, they’ve crossed the line.

      • Skeetz says:

        @Yossarian: That’s the thing though.. people don’t always read the fine print, they forget, their secretaries book cheap flights and forget to put the “pee change” in the bosses coat pocket.. and it sucks to have to think that way about washroom needs..

        Your last point about work just made me think of the Flintstones.. all the passengers pedaling to keep the plane in the air.. heh

  8. humphrmi says:

    Doesn’t Europe outlaw coin-operated lavs like the US?

    • alexburrito says:

      @humphrmi: Last time I was in France, 1993, there were pay potties…. Might have changed since then. Boy, I haven’t been on a good trip in a very long time, huh?

  9. alexburrito says:

    Boy, they have a crack PR plan! The calling-a-blogger-an-idiot incident a few days ago and then this – whew – that’s more PR than I can handle.

    I wonder how the CEO feels about this?

  10. Jon Mason says:

    England has plenty of pay-to-use “public” toilets. Seems the pertinent law would be which kinds of businesses are required to provide free to use facilities.

  11. krispykrink says:

    What’s he doing with all that piss he’s taking? Does he plan to distill it and serve it on all his planes?

  12. Joeb5 says:

    How about a pay smoking room?

  13. vladthepaler says:

    i’m entirely willing to pee in a cup and hand it to a stewardess for disposal if that will save the airline money.

  14. QADude says:

    This reminds me of this funny Alaska Airlines commercial where they had a pay toilet on board and one guy was trying to find people with quarters..

  15. edwardso says:

    Perhaps incident and the blogger comment is a way to get their name out there. They both seem a little gimmicky to me. FWIW, it worked. I have never used Ryanair but will consider it based on the very low price

    • jamar0303 says:

      @edwardso: Only use them if you are an absolutely average traveler who packs light because they charge for pretty much everything else. And of course the customer service, which is non-existent.

  16. GreatWhiteNorth says:

    Welcome to RyanAir… where the Guinness is always free, as much as we can get you to drink… but the can with cost you a “C” note.

  17. trujunglist says:

    “Basically Michael wakes up in the morning and is completely hungover from the nights bender, so you can’t really trust anything he says until he has his first draft at around 1. Until then, you should basically ignore him because he’s also not a morning person and tends to be a little grumpy. Thing is, you can’t really trust him after about 1:30 because by then he’ll be completely sloshed. If you can catch him between 1 and 1:30, you have a decent shot at getting some sort of credible statement out of him.”

  18. InThrees says:

    I like this airline more and more.

    “Welcome to flight 1736 with service to Dublin and parts beyond. I’m your captain Conor Dunlevy, and I’m probably sober enough to fly this crate, so let’s get going.”

  19. Nighthawke says:

    Ah, the Irish sense of humor. I wonder if it’ll still be there when their pax counts drop into the toilet.

    They should be more careful and start applying a more professional appearance to what they do instead of being a bunch of jokers.

    That’s two strikes against them in a handful of days. Whats next, coin operated seats? Or maybe the air supply?

  20. Chairman-Meow says:

    Wow. That trial ballon floated as well as the Hindburg in her final seconds.