Ryanair Moving Forward With Charging Passengers For Bathroom Use
Ryanair is Pushing Ahead with Plans to Charge Passengers for the Bathroom
First Spirit Airlines announces plans to charge for carry-on baggage fees, and now Ryanair has announced that they are going to go ahead with plans to charge passengers for the use of the bathroom on the plane.
The budget carrier has been contemplating this move for some time, and now that other airlines are moving towards charging for things they never charged for before, Ryanair has decided to start renovating their planes to incorporate coin-operated bathrooms. They also want to remove some of the bathrooms to make room for more seats as with coin-operated bathrooms they feel less people will be using the bathroom.
It is estimated it will cost around $1.50 for someone to use the bathroom on board.
Ryanair told London's Daily Mail:
"By charging for the toilets we are hoping to change passenger behavior so that they use the bathroom before or after the flight," Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara tells the paper.
Ryanair has also decided that they will charge about 33% more in checked baggage fees during the peak summer travel in 2010. They want to encourage more people to travel light. However, if they decide to move in the same direction as Spirit Airlines there will be a charge for both checked baggage and carry-on baggage.
Airlines are moving towards charging for everything these days and some feel this is just the slippery slope down to higher fees and more charges before you even step on the plane.