It has long cost more than a penny to use a public lavatory but Ryanair is threatening to bring a whole new meaning to sky-high prices by charging passengers to use its aircraft’s toilets.

Michael O’Leary, the budget airline’s chief executive, revealed today that it is considering coin slots on cubicle doors.

“One thing we have looked at in the past and are looking at again is the possibility of maybe putting a coin slot on the toilet door so that people might actually have to spend a pound to spend a penny in future,” he told BBC Breakfast.

He insisted this would not inconvenience passengers. “We are always looking at ways of constantly lowering the cost of air travel and making it affordable and easier for all passengers to fly with us. I don’t think there is anybody in history that has got on board a Ryanair craft with less than a pound. What do you do at Liverpool Street station at the moment [when] you need to spend a penny? I think you have to spend 20p to go to the toilets.”

So, what do you do when you don’t have a coin for a pay toilet?

  1. morty says:

    Go to the galley and pee in the sink?

  2. BigBoyBC says:

    If they’re going to charge us, then the pilots and flight crew should pay too…

  3. dbg says:

    I’d gladly pay more to have a *pleasant* experience on an airline, for once.

  4. brm says:

    This’ll work until they ban coins on planes.

  5. mightbiteyou says:

    but you have to get rid of all the change in your pockets to get through the metal detector.

  6. kjackman says:

    So, what do you do when you don’t have a coin for a pay toilet?

    Fly with another airline instead.

    Capitalism saves the day again!

  7. Nimby says:

    “So, what do you do when you don’t have a coin for a pay toilet?”

    Worse: what do you do after you eat the airline’s crap food and get sick? Or, after downing a Starbuck’s Venti and end up sitting on the tarmac for six hours? Damned Irish!

    A pound? At King’s Cross Station it’s 20p, there’re many toilets so no waiting, they don’t smell of blue antiseptic, there’s a full-time attendant and, in general, they’re cleaner than airline toilets.

    Can they really do this? Wouldn’t some EU regulation require access to a toilet when you’re a captive? It’s not like you can roll a window down and piss on Cork. If the Eu can regulate the curve on a banana surely they have something to cover this!

  8. Floyd says:

    Here’s the real problem: suppose someone just flew in from Europe or the US or Canada and has no coins of the right kind in their pocket. Very bad–lawsuits would follow.

  9. Dave W says:

    Stay in your seat and piss your pants. Enough people doing this and causing Ryanair huge cleaning bills will put a stop to the nonsense.

    Better yet, take a different airline. Better still, take the train.

  10. Buzz says:

    “What do you do at Liverpool Street station at the moment [when] you need to spend a penny? I think you have to spend 20p to go to the toilets.”

    Come to Liverpool Street and take in the smell.

    The truth will out. And so will the urine.

  11. Someone says:

    Just like they provide throw-up bags, they should provide diapers as well.

  12. eyeofthetiger says:

    This reminds me: how many does it take to get to a mile?

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  14. Miss_X2b says:

    Here I sit broken hearted, paid my nickel and only farted…. 🙂

  15. steelcobra says:

    Considering Ryanair’s history of nickel-and-diming their passengers for everything but the airfare, and in general having horrible service, this isn’t surprising. They are the cheapest regional flights in Europe for a reason.

  16. dcphill says:

    It won’t work on an international plane unless
    the stewardess’ have change for foreign currency. 20p or a pound coin won’t be in everybody’s pocket. The cost of outfitting all
    of the loo doors will be more than they can
    take in. If I didn’t have a coin and no change
    was available, I’d threaten to just piddle on the floor.

  17. Nimby says:

    “I’d threaten to just piddle on the floor.”

    And forever after be on the no-fly list.

  18. deowll says:

    You ruin the flying experience of everyone including the airline because they have to clean it up.

    The airline might get sued by the rest of the passangers as well.

  19. RMR says:

    Well then. They shouldnt get mad when you crap in a Zip Lock baggie and hand it to the stewardess when they come through on thier snack runs.

  20. meetsy says:

    no problem…”depends”. Either that or pee on the seat…would make it much easier than trying to get up, navigate around the damn drink cart, and then wait in line…only to have turbulence when you’re in the bathroom and ordered to “go back to your seat and put on your seatbelt”.

  21. Lou says:

    Now I will have to take a crap in the sick bag.

  22. Norman Speight says:

    You would be amazed at just how many in the Irish Republic hate this O’Leary man. The surprising thing to me is just how many forget how much they dislike him just for the ‘low price’ flight. Actually, it isn’t low priced if you take into account the cost of the extras, also the return journey, also the many extras that O’Leary adds on. Remember. This is the firm that charged a disabled person for a wheelchair (that, actually was NOT supplied by Ryanair but they gouged a charge for it).
    Not surprising that he thinks often of toilets – being one himself. I booked for four, two kids and my wife and me at the same time. On arrival the adults ‘…were not on the manifest’. What happened? Well we had to pay (£400.00 cash,for a one way trip for two, one hour flight Stansted to Shannon), were told the difference would be refunded. It never was, many letters and phone calls later I gave up. Incidentally four others going to Italy were undergoing the same problem, they were trying to raise the wherewithall in cash to re-book. They – Ryanair – are registered in Dublin by the way. Avoids the British Trading Standards pursuit of complaints.
    Praise O’Leary in a Republic pub and you may well be asked outside for a re-alignment of your ideas – and your features!

  23. whizzbang says:

    Publicity stunt, OLeary’s always up to this.

  24. thecommodore says:

    Airlines are always having solvency problems. So here’s a novel idea: provide complete and complimentary services, and charge ticket prices that cover the costs?

    Would fewer people fly? Yeah, for a while, but not forever. More industries would follow suit, eventually wages would rise and we’d be back on track. It’s not like all major hubs would end up in Beijing. A little inflation is good for the soul.

  25. Kanjy says:

    It’s already bad enough waiting for some of those restrooms sometimes. Now I have to wait for some idiot digging through her purse in front of the bathroom door to find the money to go.

    This kind of plan really isn’t very fair to those passengers who have frequent diarrhea (or frequent urination, whatever).

    Flight attendants in the future will be horrified when passengers find another use for those barf bags.


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