Wednesday, April 07, 2010


Spirit Airlines, a carrier based in Florida, is planning to charge up to $45 each way for a carry-on bag to be stored in the overhead bin. A spokesman said that when you go to UPS to ship a package, they’re not going to ship it for free. Now a British air carrier is going to charge passengers the equivalent of $1.40 every time they take a shit or a leak. That’s the spirit guys.

Now seems like a good time to invest in Kimberly-Clark, the maker of Depend adult diapers.

by Sarah Gordon

Mail Online
April 7, 2010

Ryanair has confirmed that it is pushing ahead with its controversial scheme to charge passengers for use of toilets on its aircraft, meaning spending a penny on a flight will soon cost as much as a pound.

The no-frills airline is working with Boeing to redesign the cabin and develop coin-operated toilets on 168 of its planes.

Not content with charging passengers for use of the facilities, the airline is also looking at reducing the number of toilets on board, leaving just one available cubicle for up to 189 passengers.

To use the remaining toilet on board, passengers would be forced to part with either £1 or €1 for each visit.

Stephen McNamara, spokesperson for the airline, told TravelMail: 'By charging for the toilets we are hoping to change passenger behaviour so that they use the bathroom before or after the flight.

'That will enable us to remove two out of three of the toilets and make way for at least six extra seats on board.'

The airline already charges for food and drink on board as well as leveraging a charge for credit card payments, hold luggage, online and airport check-in and high fees for luggage weighing more than 15kg.

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary first suggested the toilet charges last year but the budget carrier appeared to backtrack on the idea.

However, the airline has confirmed its plans in its latest in-flight magazine, although Mr McNamara said the charges would not be coming in this summer.

The confirmation of further charges on board comes just as a new survey has shown that low-cost carriers are charging sky-high prices for food and drink.

Passengers pay 374 per cent more for snacks on flights than they would at the supermarket, according to statistics from price comparison site

When TravelMail asked Ryanair about the price of food on board, Mr McNamara said: 'I would like to know how much Tesco are charging for flights from Barcelona to London.'

1 comment:

Centurion said...

Well, there's an easy remedy for that toilet fee. Ask the flight attendant for a plastic bag...Or better yet...bring your own.