In order to keep flight costs down, discount airlines have already cut back on the amount of baggage we can bring onto an airplane. Some are even charging a nominal fee for blanket and pillow usage.
But Ryanair, a British-based airline, may have crossed the line between cheap and unreasonable. They have been floating the idea of charging for the use of airplane bathrooms … sort of a “pay-per-pee” or “pay-per-poop.”
This needs to be thought through a bit better, for a few reasons:
(1) What if I don’t have exact change? There could be disastrous consequences for everyone involved.
(2) What if the flight gets rough and/or a passenger has had a bit too much to drink. In cases such as this, the bathrooms need to be available.
(3) I usually don’t make much of a fuss over anything, but if I’m going to pay as much as $1.50 to use a lavatory it darn well better be clean – and that is rarely the case on an airplane.
In this blogger’s humble opinion, Ryanair would be far better served to charge everyone the extra $1.50 on their plane ticket and continue giving access to the lavatories to all the masses. The headaches created by this “cost-cutting” measure would end up causing them more distress than any savings they might incur.
Anyone disagree with me? Please let me know. Though my face may be flushed with concern, I refuse to be the butt of anyone’s jokes.