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from the news tonight….

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.

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I can understand paying a p to leave a pound, but not paying a pound to leave a p. I’ll spend my pennies elsewhere.

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Michael O’Leary is such a jackass:
http://news.bbc.co.u…

I’m begrudgingly about to book with Ryanair, but if it were solely my decision I’d change our itinerary and not use them.

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If you can make Ryanair work for you, then they are of course very cheap—with advance purchase. If it weren’t for them and Easyjet, you’d still be paying $450 for one-way flights between Brussels and Copenhagen, for example.

I’m just going to be sure I go before boarding, and if it will be a long flight, just consider my fluid intake before the flight. I actually don’t think this is so bad. But if I do have to pay to pee, then I’ll get my money’s worth .

I wonder if passengers will hold the loo door for the next person as a protest and solidarity with fellow travelers?!

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They have to get the aircraft re-certified with this new arrangement, and perhaps health regulations will kick in, so I don’t expect this anytime soon anyway.

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I ended up booking with Easyjet. Worked out to about $7 more per person, we fly from Gatwick instead of Stansted, and their website actually took my credit card whereas Ryanair rejected two of them.

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I wonder what they would do if you tried to board with a plastic urinal? I wonder if you could rent it to your fellow passengers for less than the going rate?

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augustin25 wrote:
I ended up booking with Easyjet. Worked out to about $7 more per person, we fly from Gatwick instead of Stansted, and their website actually took my credit card whereas Ryanair rejected two of them.

For just $7 more, I think I’d much prefer Easyjet, too. You know about Easybus, right? (cheap airport transfers to Gatwick, Luton, Stansted)

I booked Ryanair in Dec. for a March flight. No problems with my US mastercard.

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Yes, we’ll most likely do Easybus to Gatwick. I had no problems booking with Ryanair last July, so not sure what the deal was, just luck of the draw with trying to use my cards I guess. Ryanair and Trenitalia rejected a card that worked fine for buying train tickets from the SNCF website.

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Haha I just saw this on CNN.com.

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