It’s bad enough that Spirit
Airlines is charging for carry on luggage. Now Ryanair is planning
on charging for the use of the toilets.
USAToday.com: Ryanair pushes ahead with plan for toilet fee
The Daily Mail of London writes “no-frills [Ryanair] 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.”
I predict bad things happening if there’s only one toilet for 189 passengers. Redundancy is the key.
I’ve flown Ryanair twice and it’s actually not a bad airline. Ryanair is different from other airlines because they’ve always nickel and dimed passengers for every little service, but in return offered shockingly low prices. Right now they’re offering fares as low as 9.99 euros or ($13.36).
If Spirit offered $15 tickets, maybe people would understand charges for luggage. But $45 dollars for a bag in the overhead bin is tough to swallow. I hope this charge comes back to bite Spirit big time. Because if this works, every airline is going to adopt it.
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