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Ryanair chief says he's serious about pay toilets on planes

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Ryanair is a low class carrier and that O'Leary Irish fellow is nothing better than a spiv.

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thenewfront..... what is a spiv

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O'Leary gets so much free advertising from all the media frenzy about his crackpot plans. If people stop writing about him, he'll have to pay for some real advertising. Everytime he's in the news, for good or bad reasons, sales go up. Although I don't like his tactics personally, you have to hand it to him, he's great at manipulating the media.

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I doubt there would be any savings from a stupid measure like this. Sales of their over-priced drinks would fall and I'm sure some people would urinate over the floor/seats/door rather than pay. Result: lower revenue, increased cleaning costs. If you treat people like animals, don't be surprised if they start to behave like them.

Mr O'Leary won't be so smug when his planes are grounded due to urine-induced corrosion of the airframes.

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Mr O'Leary won't be so smug when his planes are grounded due to urine-induced corrosion of the airframes.

And urine won't be the only problem.

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Just take a bottle or a plastic bag and you're set!

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Ok simple response, don't fly Ryan Air. Let them go out of business where they clearly belong.

Charging for the toilet! What a scumbag! Show this twit the meaning of costomer comes first by leaving his company to rot with no passengers.

If consumers keep supporting dirt bag capitolists like this guy, well then you deserve to pay for toilet usage. But if you have the guts to stand up and see to it that consumer voices are heard, I promise you this kind of charge crazy nonsense will end or the airlines will.

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Well, if people start using alternatives to the toilet when they are on board - who's O'Leary going to blame then?

More likely, people will stop buying his overpriced drinks when in flight - the net effect being a loss of revenue, i.e. precisely the opposite to what he's try to achieve.

This daft bit of penny-pinching may be Michael O'Leary's "Ratner" moment, I think

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I think I would pay for the toilet and then cause about 100 times the amount of damage to the restroom.

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I once saw a woman defecate in a public parking lot.. and anyone who has been hospitalized has had to urinate in something not much different than a water bottle. I forsee this is what some people will resort to.

Joining the mile high club will take on a new dimension of spite.

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There are probably laws requiring the accomodation of passengers' rights to use a restroom, otherwise airports would have been charging for it long ago.

In any case, the first time there is an medical issue after someone doesn't have a credit card, or an 'accident' that sickens other passengers (or merely exposes them to human feces), the lawsuits will begin...

What if it doesn't take YOUR particular credit card? What if it malfunctions?? So many ways for this to go wrong.

Too bad they don't fly anywhere near me; I'd love to be the first to start a class-action lawsuit.

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Have you already waited to go to the toilet in a plane?

I guess so. What do do you do? Yes, you don't wait the previous person closed the door before getting in.

So, what will you do from now? Push the person that is waiting her turn after you, and close the

Ryanair, make them pay per flush too!

By the way, this kind of company are looking for having vertical "seats".

You stand up and strap yourself against a panel. Yap.

Still, Ryanair is cheaper than other airlines having free toilets.

Have a nice flight.

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As someone who has been stranded on the tarmac for hours, let me tell you what a seriously bad idea this is.

Whether in that situation or in-flight, it will look good to some self-righteous monkey in an ivory tower making extra money via the suffering of passengers, right up until some guy who does not have a credit card decides to take a dump on the wing, and opens an emergency hatch to do it.

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By the way, this kind of company are looking for having vertical "seats". You stand up and strap yourself against a panel. Yap.

I should shoot him an e-mail and suggest they stack people in fully horizontal beds. Imagine how nice it would be to be able to roll over.

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Poor marketing.

Ryanair needs a "green" angle.

Tell passengers it's all about, you know, saving the planet.

Make sure designs on restroom doors advertise the eco-correctness of it all. Think of the modern equivalent of the church confessional and displays of piety by the faithful. Consider also the surrounding area - concerned enviros will need lots of space and lighting when parading their consciences, entering and exiting the bog.

Really sanctimonious Lefties would gladly pay to use the can - you could probably sell em pre-flight laxatives, because they'll be competing with one another to see who could go most often.

The rest of us will just use regular facities elsewhere on board.

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http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/business/ryanair-planes-to-smell-strongly-of-urine-and-faeces-200902271609/

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Yes, this is a good plan. Making people stuck in the air with 300 other humans in a narrow, metal tube pay for the privilege of expelling their bodily waste. :?

There are "extra" services, and then there are basic human needs that all are entitled to. What's next? You have to pay for the air in the cabin? That recycled, filtered air ain't cheap, you know.

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I agree with frontandcentre and love the 'ratner moment' comment:)

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The only way this would work is if the cost of a ticket is drastically cheaper than other airlines.But really charging people to use the toilet is just low,, this is a Plane not some sleezy motel. And what if you dont have a crdit card.I can imagine pissed off passengers pissing in the cock pit

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This j*rk is just after publicity, but why doesn't he simply add a 'service charge' of 2 quid which pays for one free soft drink and one free visit to the bathroom? The bathroom will unlock with a little electronic key or game machine coin :-> If people need to go more often they can buy more passes from the cabin attendants.

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just p@@p or p@@ in the barf bag. oh, wait, then they might start charging for the barf bags. this is just riduculous.

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I like the horizontal seats idea... I'd gladly go for a berth on a long flight. Just like taking the train, and perhaps could be made more efficient than regular seating.

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That guy who patented that bag you attach to your lower leg, concealed by your trousers? That bag that has a tube attached to your johhny? That bag that allows you to pee when you´re on a bus without a toilet? Imagine how rich he´s gonna be!!! I for sure will be one of his customers.

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Come on, O'Leary, people don't want to pay to use toilets. Heck, in my hometown, pay toilets came in the late seventies and were gone by the early eighties. Big failure, they were!

I hope if he actually makes the toilets on his planes pay toilets, every passenger either gamans or uses the barf bag ( they can't legally charge for the barf bags, can they? ) or goes in that bag that Lost was talking about.

Charge more for something else, don't charge for using the toilet, that's insane.

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I think charging people to use the toilet is awful, but would people really lower themselves to go in their pants? Really?

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anyone paying for it will most likely stay inside the whole trip just in case they need to go again.

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A pee bottle is all I need, or a thigh length catheter.

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No card, or the reader does not read it and then, it is put on adult diaper time. I have gout, and must drink a lot of water , especially on a dry air plane. What if you swipe the card and find that some clown dumped all over the toilet seat? What if you are traveling with a family and kids? This guy is a jerk. I will never set foot on one of his planes.

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Hate to clean up the "air sickness" bags after that flight.

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I'm with Yeinats.

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He has since come out and said it was just (yet another) publicity stunt.

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I remember their was a pay toilet at one of the local fast restaurants in the eighties. I was a kid at the time. I also remember someone putting something into the lock to jam. The staff never did anything to stop it because they also used the same toilets.

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I think someone should break into O'Leary's house while he's gone and install a coin-operated door to his bathroom(s).

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