The Next Airline Fee: Pay Toilets?

By Scott Friedman
|  Saturday, Feb 28, 2009  |  Updated 12:45 PM CDT
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The Next Airline Fee:  Pay Toilets?

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Pay to pee in the wild blue yonder?

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The next time you need a restroom at 35,000 feet, better hope you have some change in your pocket.  Europe's biggest budget airline, Ryanair,  is considering charging passengers to use toilets on planes, according to a report by the British Broadcasting Corporation. 

The idea was apparently floated by the airline's CEO in a BBC interview.  Michael O'Leary  is quoted as saying the airline was thinking about, "maybe putting a coin slot on the bathroom door."  However, a Ryanair spokesman later said that, while the idea had been discussed internally, the airline had no immediate plans to install the coin slots on its planes.

Ryanair has always made a significant portion of its revenue from charging passengers fees for extra services, a model more U.S. airlines have emulated recently, during a time when fuel prices shot up and then passenger demand dropped.

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