Ryanair mulls charge for toilets

Feb 27th, 2009, 06:58 AM
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Ryanair mulls charge for toilets

Irish budget airline Ryanair has said it is considering charging passengers for using the toilet while flying....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7914542.stm
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Feb 27th, 2009, 09:06 AM
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General conclusion elsewhere is that O'Leary is taking the p*ss
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Feb 27th, 2009, 10:37 AM
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This is where we need regulators to prevent nonsense such as this.
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Feb 27th, 2009, 01:01 PM
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And I like how they claim that doing something like this could lower fares even more. Ummmm, the flights are already .01 half the time. How do you get cheaper than that?

But I agree-- this is just absurd, and must be against the law somehow.
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Feb 27th, 2009, 04:36 PM
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I'm not surprised it has come to this. If it goes through I'm afraid we'll start finding soiled diapers and soda bottles filled with pee in the seat back pockets...
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Feb 27th, 2009, 05:10 PM
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This may shock Americans, but in Europe, you pay to go to the restroom at many public places, like train stations, already. So, it's really not that outrageous.
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Feb 28th, 2009, 03:52 AM
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True....but 20p in Britain.....0,20 in Europe....at many of the service areas along the Autobahn in Germany they do charge you 0,50 but then give you a coupon for 0,50 for use in the convenience store.....

The last time I heard about 1 to use the loo was at Harrod's.
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Feb 28th, 2009, 11:32 AM
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The toilet should be a basic service which is part of your airfare. Once you're in the air, you have no choice. If they have to charge an extra $1 per ticket to cover the cost, so be it. Just bury it in the fare like all the other charges.
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Feb 28th, 2009, 11:42 AM
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But does one really have choices in the middle of many European cities (unless he sees a McD)?
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Feb 28th, 2009, 04:32 PM
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An airline charging to use the toilet is ridiculous. What's next, a charge for seatbelts?
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Feb 28th, 2009, 06:01 PM
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Melnq8 - Not too long ago, you'd say the same about charging for food or checked baggage. But those things ARE indeed charged now on many airlines.
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Feb 28th, 2009, 07:20 PM
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But toilets? Come on, that's just insane. It's not as if you have a choice, being held captive and all. I think it's insulting and I'd go out of my way to avoid any airline that charged for toilets. It's by far the dumbest idea they've come up with yet.
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Feb 28th, 2009, 07:36 PM
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Never underestimate Ryanair and Michael O'Leary.
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Mar 1st, 2009, 06:02 AM
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Just think how much money American Airlines could make if they charged to use the toilet on their flights to Hawaii and what about those 15 hour flights to China and India!

But after thinking about Ryanair's situation, wouldn't more people say no to purchasing a coke or a beer on the flight? And that would bring the revenues down.
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Mar 1st, 2009, 06:54 AM
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Isn't an airline ticket really a contract between you and the airline? Shouldn't this contract include providing basic comforts such as toilets? As for food, you can eat before the flight or bring your own, so I suppose food need not be considered a basic comfort, especially for shorter flights. Now if you can bring your own toilet......
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Mar 1st, 2009, 09:59 AM
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What if you don't have any change? If the restrooms are dirty will they refund?
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Mar 3rd, 2009, 07:06 AM
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This is a typical non story. Ryanair will do anything to be in the headlines, even suffer stories like this, on the basis that there is no bad publicity.

They try and con you with low headline fares until you realise the extras that they add, for baggage, check-in, seats, getting on the aircraft, taxes and charges, a drink, food, breathing etc. etc. Ryanair are the worst airline for extra charges and should be avoided in any case.
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Ridiculous! If you are in a train station etc., you have the choice of going somewhere else. In any UK city, there are toilets in department stores, pubs, McDonalds etc. that you can use. In the air, what choice is there? Maybe it is just a way to get publicity as has been mentioned.
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Mar 4th, 2009, 05:07 AM
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An airline so strapped for cash or so stingy that it charges for toilets is almost certainly skimping on other things behind the scenes, such as aircraft maintenance, adequate rest for pilots, and so on. While it is true that regulations help to force airlines to do the right thing with respect to safety, there are always ways to cut corners, and any airline that nickel-and-dimes passengers to death is probably cutting every possible corner.

I guess if low fares are so important to you that you're willing to fly with a sleepy pilot or an aircraft that just barely meets the minimum requirements to fly, that's your choice, but it makes me way too nervous.

In any case, there are some legal questions that arise if passengers are forced to pay for toilets, as toilets are arguably safety equipment, and not perks.
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Mar 4th, 2009, 09:37 AM
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Perhaps if you pass enough gas, the people around you will donate to your cause.
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