Spending a penny could cost a pound on Ryanair

Ryanair has confirmed that its controversial plans to charge passengers for use of toilets on its aircraft will be going ahead.

The no-frills airline is working with Boeing to redesign the cabin and develop coin-operated toilets on 168 of its planes.

Not content with charging passengers for use of the facilities, the airline is also looking at reducing the number of toilets on board, leaving just one available cubicle for up to 189 passengers.

To use the remaining toilet on board, passengers would be forced to part with either £1 or €1 for each visit.

A spokesperson for the airline, Stephen McNamara, said: ‘By charging for the toilets we are hoping to change passenger behaviour so that they use the bathroom before or after the flight.

‘That will enable us to remove two out of three of the toilets and make way for at least six extra seats on board.’

The airline already charges for food and drink on board as well as leveraging a charge for credit card payments, hold luggage, online and airport check-in and high fees for luggage weighing more than 15kg.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary first suggested the toilet charges last year but since then, the airline has confirmed its plans in its latest in-flight magazine, but these charges will not be introduced this summer.

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