Ryanair Serious About Pee Fee

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2009 1:56 PM CDT
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Ryanair’s CEO isn’t joking about ripping two of the three toilets out of his planes and charging for the use of the remaining one, the Guardian reports. “We are serious about it,” said Michael O’Leary, nicknamed “Michael O’Really” by industry skeptics. “We are flying aircraft on an average flight time of one hour around Europe. What the hell do we need three toilets for?” He plans the change within 2 years.

O’Leary said the move is focused more on adding capacity than making money from trips to the bathroom. “If you get rid of two you can get six seats on a 737. They will all be scurrying to the toilet before the departure gate.” The budget-carrier honcho hopes Boeing can develop a credit card reader for the remaining toilet’s door as the company has free time now that the “war in Iraq and Afghanistan is winding down.”