VIDEO: Pay-to-pee used to be an Alaska joke

It’s not a joke anymore, of course, what with Irish low-cost operator Ryanair apparently now moving fast-forward with a plan to charge passengers to use its bathrooms.

I wonder how long it will take before US carrier Spirit Airlines – which has just decided to charge for carry-on luggage -  follows Ryanair on the pay-to-pee model?

And will we be asking: “Do you have four quarters for a dollar???” Or maybe they’ll have credit card readers (Oh, now there is an idea. Just don’t expect any real-time transactions to occur unless Ryanair finds a replacement for OnAir, its former in-flight connectivity service provider).

Hat tip to Airline Reporter for the heads up on this classic 1987 video from Alaska Airlines.


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9 Responses to VIDEO: Pay-to-pee used to be an Alaska joke

  1. Yossarian April 6, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Is that Andy Dick at the 7 second mark?

  2. Mary Kirby April 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    I’m told it is indeed Andy. :)

  3. Yossarian April 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Yoss for the win!

    BTW-I know of a new Aircell customer or two. Stay tuned.

  4. Mary Kirby April 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    I’m apt to believe you because you have been right before!! Yet another reason why people should always read the comments section.

  5. alloycowboy April 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    Hey Mary.

    The pay to pee model won’t last long. It actually reminded me of an article on Jet Blue I read a few years back. Here is the article. If you don’t want to read the whole article just do a search on the word ‘Urin’ and you will understand what I am getting at.

    http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fsb/fsb_archive/2003/05/01/343395/index.htm

  6. Will Horton April 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm #

    You have to be true nerd to find humour in “Just don’t expect any real-time transactions to occur unless Ryanair finds a replacement for OnAir”, but be an even greater nerd to make the joke in the first place. Cheers Mary!

  7. Mary Kirby April 6, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    Just call me nerd bird. teeheehee :)

  8. Jack April 8, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    Alaskan? And you write for the airline industry?

  9. Mary Kirby April 8, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    Whoops, a little fast finger action. You’re right of course.

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