SysMark

April 7th, 2010 at 5:35 PM ^

Just shows how removed from reality the people are who think these things up.

This typifies their total disregard for the customer. It isn't like you are walking in off the street to use a restaurant bathroom. You paid them for a freaking ticket.

Beyond reason

Crime Reporter

April 7th, 2010 at 5:44 PM ^

You know how they collect cash for alcohol. Well, some airlines are picky about having correct change (i.e. ones, fives, etc.)

Anyway, what if the poor bastard only has a $50 bill or not enough quarters to feed the toilet flusher. Is he supposed to hold it?

aaamichfan

April 7th, 2010 at 5:56 PM ^

This must be only for flights originating in Europe, because I don't believe this would even be legal for ones originating in the U.S.

Ryanair does a lot of short jumps between European cities, so I doubt this will drive many customers away.

SysMark

April 7th, 2010 at 5:55 PM ^

Wait until the first time they make someone sit on the tarmac for three hours waiting to take off. Then they'll get some customer feedback.

samsoccer7

April 7th, 2010 at 6:32 PM ^

I probably speak for myself only, but I hardly ever use airplane bathrooms, especially on short flights. If I had to pay a little to use it though I would. But how does this work? Do you have to insert a dollar in the door for it to open? Is there a flight attendant waiting outside the door to take money? This could get awkward.

moffle

April 7th, 2010 at 6:54 PM ^

I've flown Ryanair a few times. They are fantastically cheap with absolutely no frills. Charging for restroom use is a weird idea for Americans, but I doubt it'll significantly cut into their customer base.

ggoodness56

April 7th, 2010 at 7:50 PM ^

On a flight from London to Ireland, my flight was delayed for an hour and a half because RyanAir had a problem with their plane door closing. Finally we boarded after they said it was fixed. When the attendant went to shut the door it bounced open...kind of like a car door does sometimes. After this happened for about five minutes we were all very concerned. Suddenly the pilot comes out of the cockpit....slams the crap out of the door...looks at all of us and yells, "alrighttt and we're off!"

So here is the takeoff-->>two Irish girls behind me yelling that we were all gonna die and this girl across the aisle who was flying for the first time passes out.

Pure RyanAir.

Blazefire

April 7th, 2010 at 9:41 PM ^

Charge what you need to for the TICKETS to make a profit, and then advertise that your tickets might be $100 more each way, but you'll actually enjoy flying with us! We won't treat you like crap and make you want to kill a stewardess with the drink cart!

You'll put the rest of the airlines out of business in a week.

ZooWolverine

April 7th, 2010 at 10:33 PM ^

I wish that were the case but the reason airlines sell cheaper tickets and charge these fees is because it works--people go to Expedia and buy the cheapest ticket with very little additional thought.

I think travel sites should let you enter the number of bags you plan to check, etc. and compute the fees for you so you can figure out the overall travel cost and get the tickets that will be cheapest in the end, which would have the additional benefit of discouraging these annoying fees.

WolverBean

April 7th, 2010 at 9:41 PM ^

Paying money to use a public bathroom is unheard of in the US, but it's actually fairly common in Europe. I doubt most Ryanair customers will think twice about it. And since they tend to run mostly short commuter flights, I doubt many passengers will be that deeply inconvenienced.

That said, if Delta tried this policy, it really would be a disaster.