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Dublin Arline To charge for use of bathrooms

at 16:59 - 6th, March 2009
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this is no joke...

DUBLIN (AP) — Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary insisted Thursday he’s serious about making passengers pay for the right to relieve themselves on flights — and is flush with interest in the idea of mounting credit card-operated toilets.

O’Leary, whose Dublin-based airline has pioneered the practice of filling air travel with extra charges, divided opinion last week by suggesting that his next target would be coin-operated toilets. Aviation analysts and the traveling public alike couldn’t tell whether O’Leary — a cut-throat operator with an entertainingly bombastic style — was poking fun at his own reputation.

The Ryanair boss told a dumfounded Dublin press conference Thursday the days of the unlocked potty are indeed numbered.

“Eventually it’s going to happen. It’s just we can’t do it at the moment because we don’t have a mechanism for charging you,” he said.

O’Leary said he has asked engineers at U.S. aircraft maker Boeing — which supplies Ryanair’s entire fleet of 737-800s — to design toilets with doors that open only if you swipe a valid credit card through the locking mechanism. He conceded that his earlier idea, to make them coin-operated, wouldn’t work in part because Ryanair operates heavily in areas using both the euro and British pound.

“We have looked into this before, and the problem is Boeing can’t come up with a mechanism on the toilet door to take coins,” he said. “We’re suggesting they go back and look at a mechanism where you’d swipe the credit card for a quid (British pound) on the toilet door. They’ve gone off to look at that. ... We are serious.”

He didn’t seek to soften the impression that Ryanair was happy to make its passengers suffer.

“Most people would go to the loo (toilet) before they get on the plane, or they hold it until they land. You would only have to deal with the people who absolutely have to go,” he said.

One positive effect, he said, would be to “reduce an awful lot of the unnecessary visits to the toilet that (expletive) so many passengers off.”

It could also become the next serious money-maker at Ryanair, already Europe’s most profitable and aggressively expanding airline. O’Leary estimates if 20 percent of passengers pay 1 pound (euro1.12, $1.40) to use the restroom, this would generate 15 million pounds (euro17 million, $21 million) annually — which he characterizes as future “fare savings to the traveling public.”

Ryanair is famous for offering officially “free” flights that end up costing euro50 ($70) or more once fees for check-in, luggage and on-line payment are applied. On board, the airline hawks bingo cards and duty free goods on short-hop flights that can last barely an hour. It offers no snacks or drinks for free, not even tap water.


i remember when i was a kid it was a dream to fly on a plane. you were considered royalty. this is retarded. and ill make a fortune.
i hope the bigger airlines don't start doing this too.

 
js js
News comment 1 | User comment 1050 | 19:43 - 6th, Mar 2009


Heard about this. Apparently the airline is one of the cheapest to fly on, but they have tons of extra charges. There's even an extra charge for using a credit card or talking to an agent. They're probably have people peeing on the floor or coming in with adult diapers.

Alex Alex
News comment 2 | User comment 4954 | 20:19 - 6th, Mar 2009


it's a scam, they aren't cheap they just don't list all their fees when the advertise. they're trying to do the same thing here in canada and the government is working on stopping them.

Deb Deb
News comment 3 | User comment 352 | 21:47 - 6th, Mar 2009


I read about this .. what a scam.... what did they say 3 lbs to use the bathroom.. seven bucks a pop.... excuse the pun.

Alex Alex
News comment 4 | User comment 4954 | 10:54 - 7th, Mar 2009


the article says 1 quid to get in, but next thing you know they'll chrge you for the paper and the water to wash your hands afterwards. not to mention the soap as well.

Deb Deb
News comment 5 | User comment 352 | 12:28 - 8th, Mar 2009


True.. That's insane!

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