February 27, 2009 — US Air announced earlier this month that they were rolling back charges for a can of soda. But today it was revealed that Ryanair, an Irish “no frills” airline, is considering putting a coin slot on the inflight lavatory doors. Passengers would have to spend a pound to ‘go to the can.’ One pound sterling is worth approximately $1.31.
“The airlines will hit you with a fee at one end or the other,” a disgruntled frequent flier noted. The toilet, called a loo in the UK, has until now been considered an in-flight necessity rather than a luxury.
This report was updated in November 2020, and I can’t see that this story developed. The suggested innovation must have pooped out before it was instituted.
However, is should be noted that due to COVID-19 RyanAir passengers must ask permission to go to the loo. Here’s what their website says: “Queuing for toilets will also be prohibited on board although toilet access will be made available to individual passengers upon request.”
A much better idea, I think!