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June 4, 2009

STUPID AIRLINE TRICKS

Guardian, UK - Ryanair boss, Michael O'Leary, insisted that it will cost passengers a pound to spend a penny as he confirmed plans to charge for toilets on his airplanes within two years.

The chief executive of Europe's largest budget carrier said the airline would also generate extra revenues by removing two out of the three toilets on its Boeing 737-800 jets and filling the space with up to six seats.

O'Leary first mooted the toilet charges in February, prompting his press officer to warn that the outspoken executive "makes a lot of this stuff up as he goes along". However, O'Leary confirmed that he will ask Boeing to look at putting credit card readers on toilet locks for new aircraft. . .

He added: "We are flying aircraft on an average flight time of one hour around Europe. What the hell do we need three toilets for?" He denied that Ryanair was considering the ploy to make a profit from toilet breaks. "It's not because we need to generate money from the jacks. But . . . if you get rid of two [toilets] you can get six seats on a 737. They will all be scurrying to the toilet before the departure gate."

Asked if he would be interested in charging L5 a toilet visit in order to eliminate the need for the loo altogether, he said: "If someone wanted to pay L5 to go to the toilet I would carry them myself. I would wipe their bums for a fiver."

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