Okay, so they haven’t taken that step yet. No one really pukes on planes anymore, so maybe taxing oxygen masks or life jackets will be better revenue spinners. But what’s with the recently discussed £1 ($1.43) fee for taking a leak? For one thing, it’s discriminatory. Many older women have to go more often than young ones. Men over 50 who are battling their prostate may have to try a couple times before they succeed. Why charge per visit? It might be fairer to charge by the liter.
I know Ryanair quite well. I’ve flown with them to many destinations including Dublin (where they were founded in 1985), to Belfast, to Edinburgh and most recently to Pisa. I know their schtick well: the tickets are super-cheap, but they nickel-and-dime you half to death. Want a reserved seat? Want to check a bag? Want to check in at the airport and not online? Then pay up, sucker. Now they’re even threatening to charge quite a hefty fee (€30) for any bag of duty-free goodies you bring on the plane.
Wikipedia has some news about the new aircraft Raynair has ordered.
“In an example of the airline's relentless prioritizing of cost over all other factors, the aircraft will be delivered without window shades…, seat back recline and seat back pockets, which result in savings of several hundred thousand dollars per aircraft and give continued savings through reduced cleaning and repair costs.”
Oh yeah? Did you say no more seat back recline? Now you’re talking. I’m happy to see the end of some massive businessman laying on my lap, trapping me, preventing me from opening my laptop or balancing my (extra charge) drink. Now I’ll be able to slip out of my seat and get to the toilet in time to struggle – jiggling and squeezing my thighs – with my coin to get the loo door open. If Ryanair gives with one hand, you can be sure it takes with the other.