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Ryanair introduces Toilet Tax (or a quick profit tip from Michael O’Leary)


2010
04.08

Courtesy of WikiCommons

It is finally here, the long awaited and largely debated loo tax. No need to explain the details here. The whole world already knows about the Irish airline somewhat original ways to extort its clients but many people think that this has gone too far - considering that using the loo is a basic and vital need of the human body, most especially on board where one needs to stay hydrated.

“By charging for the toilets we are hoping to change passenger behaviour so that they use the bathroom before or after the flight,” spokesman Stephen McNamara told the UK’s Daily Mail.

Ryanair also used this annoucement to introduce a stealth raise on checked luggage during summer holidays - now charging £20 per luggage, challenging travellers to find yet new ways to make the most out of their money.

Clearly, Ryanair doesn’t lack imagination when picking in its customers wallet.

Has it really gone too far?
What about the overweight tax? Will greed finally win the war against ethics?
What will the next fee be about?
How “no-frills” can an airline actually be?

My opinion, as a fellow (broke) traveller is that I don’t mind avoiding (notice how I don’t intend to actually pay for it) the loos if I can still get cheap direct flights. Check-in online, use the airport’s toilet, bring your own food and travel lightly - see how the bill dramatically drops.

Internet on board: what do you think?


2010
03.25

Internet on board is now offered by more and more airlines.  According to a recent Trip Advisor survey, 3 people out of 4 said the service should be complimentary, but only 27% of them would be willing to pay for it.

How much will it cost?
Will the cost be based on the flight’s length or will it be a flat rate?
Will it only be available in first class to attract new customers?
Will it be offered on restricted zones?
Will it be available on all major airlines?
Will there be any control regarding adult content?

I think it’s going to be a very popular service, as you can only have so much fun on board at the moment, even allowing some people to work on board (and take less days off).  Rates should be based on the flight’s length and have some kind of ‘deal’ for long haul. And as for adult content, it’s absolutely necessary to have some kind of filter to block this content, for several obvious reasons.

What do you guys think about this?

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