Toilets: The ultimate in airline ancillary revenues?

“So we’ve charged for the food, the drink, to check-in bags, for priority boarding, where do we go next?” the conversation presumably goes.



Could Michael O’Leary REALLY be considering charging passengers to use the toilet onboard? In an interview with BBC Breakfast this morning, the Ryanair boss said the airline was looking at just that.

“One thing we have looked at in the past and are looking at again, is the possibility of maybe putting a coin slot on the toilet door, so that people have to actually spend a pound to spend a penny in future,” he told the programme.

The logic goes you sometimes have to pay to use a toilet at a train station, so why not onboard? 

I just wouldn’t want to be sat next to the person who needs to go but baulks at paying the charge.

3 Responses to Toilets: The ultimate in airline ancillary revenues?

  1. Roger 27 February, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    At a train station you have the freedom to move around or leave. On a plane you are a prisoner and have no choice but to use their facilities until let off.

  2. Patrick in Dublin 27 February, 2009 at 4:59 pm #

    It’s just O’Leary generating free publicity again, nothing more. See comment from Ryanair’s own PR person at the end of this story on RTE News:

    “However, Ryanair spokesperson Stephen McNamara later said in a statement: ‘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.’”

  3. John Hoyte 3 March, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    £1 sounds really good value for some peace and quiet – is there a time limit?

    I forecast Low cost airlines charging for loo paper (per sheet)back in 2005.

    Was I close?

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