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MPwannadecentincome
19th January 2010, 16:49
Cross your legs: Ryanair to implement fee per wee (http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/travel/2010/0116/1224262442873_pf.html)

RONAN MCGREEVY

Sat, Jan 16, 2010

AIRLINE CHARGES: RYANAIR says it will press ahead with plans to charge passengers to use its aircraft’s toilets. Despite admitting its announcement last year that it might install coin-operated facilities was a publicity stunt, chief executive Michael O’Leary is now revisiting the issue, according to the airline.

Ryanair would also like to remove the two toilets at the back of each aircraft, leaving only one on board and creating room for six extra seats.

In its in-flight magazine the airline described the coin-operated toilets as a “cost saving proposal” that would help reduce fares by at least 5 per cent.

Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara said the €1/£1 charge would apply only to flights of an hour or less, which would include almost all Ryanair routes between Ireland and Britain.

McNamara added that Ryanair was in talks with Boeing about refitting 50 of its 737- series aircraft with a single coin-operated toilet. There was no health-and-safety issue, he said, although the change would need approval, as Ryanair’s fleet is already fitted with its maximum permissible number of seats. “One toilet will discourage overdependence. There is nothing in the rule book to say that an aircraft has to have any toilets at all, which might sound strange, but we believe three toilets are excessive.”

One industry expert cast doubt on the proposals. Ryanair could install coin-operated locks on its toilet doors fairly simply, he said, but replacing two of each aircraft’s three toilets with seats would be very expensive. Boeing “would have to embark on a huge type-certification exercise” to prove that the remodelled aircraft could still be evacuated within two minutes, and, combined with the complexities of re-engineering each 737, the cost could amount to “between €250,000 and €500,000” per plane.

Such changes are not unknown. Airbus agreed to install extra seats on its A319 aircraft for a large order from easyJet, making the emergency exits larger in order to comply with safety regulations. But Ryanair’s changes “could make its aircraft hard to sell on”, as relatively few airlines would be interested in buying single- toilet planes.

O’Leary caused a furore when he announced the toilet proposal to the BBC, last February. The story ran for a week before he admitted at a tourism conference in Malahide that Boeing could not do it and “some bureaucrat in Brussels” had said it was impossible. “It is not likely to happen, but it makes for interesting and very cheap PR,” he said at the time.

McNamara said his boss had a habit of thinking out loud when it came to cost-cutting proposals. “The funny thing about Michael is that he’ll say these things as an off-the-cuff remark, and then he’ll start to think about it more and more, and he’ll start doing the sums. He has said that if it got him €5 extra he’d wipe people’s bottoms for them.”

© 2010 The Irish Times

singhr
19th January 2010, 16:54
This should help him to slash costs :laugh

Churchill
19th January 2010, 16:54
What's the problem? Contractors charge when they go to the bog... :wink

thunderlizard
19th January 2010, 17:25
It's a tax on the poo

AtW
19th January 2010, 17:28
Money do not smell.

HTH

O’Leary

DodgyAgent
19th January 2010, 17:29
What's the problem? Contractors charge when they go to the bog... :wink

In fact when you go clients pay extra to keep you there :laugh

RichardCranium
19th January 2010, 17:36
It's a tax on the pooIt's worse than taking the piss.

Churchill
19th January 2010, 17:39
In fact when you go clients pay extra to keep you there :laugh

Ha ha ha bump!

xoggoth
19th January 2010, 17:51
An aircraft does not have to have toilets at all? I shall certainly stop flying if they implement that no leaving seats in last hour thing. Nothing makes me want a pee more than knowing I can't.

Zippy
19th January 2010, 17:53
If they start charging for the toilets won't people be tempted to, erm, get their money's worth?

ratewhore
19th January 2010, 17:55
It's only an issue if you fly ryanair, which any self respecting contractor doesn't...

Me, I'm not self respecting, I don't fly them because I can't stand the mick tosspot!!

:spank:

kermitt
19th January 2010, 17:58
And if you have no change in your pocket....

Do it in the aisle if you have the bottle.

kermitt
19th January 2010, 17:59
or even a botlle :rollin:

kermitt
19th January 2010, 18:00
sorry should have read in a bottle. (muppet)

TroubleAtMill
19th January 2010, 18:06
sorry should have read in a bottle. (muppet)

No need to throw away the plastic bottle you had to empty due to security!

Ryanair is just helping the planet.

Halcyon
19th January 2010, 18:27
crap (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hereford/worcs/8467742.stm)

(c:

George Parr
20th January 2010, 12:07
This pay per crap story has been rumbling on for years now. Ryanair desparately need a decent PR director. The fares are the cheapest around and they have a fleet of modern aircraft so why do they go out of their way to piss off their customers with all the tulip hidden charges when booking and bloated credit card fees and the like?

IMHO they are being held back by the eccentricity of Michael O'Leary who seems to enjoy provoking the media and his own customers.

Churchill
20th January 2010, 12:44
I'll fly with whoever is the cheapest.

Manchester to Dublin? 45 minutes.