No doubt this is going to piss off some air travelers.
Just when it seemed like it was safe to once again take to the skies -- lower ticket prices and hope for a halt to asinine nickel-and-diming fees -- comes this little nugget out of Ireland. Ryanair, one of Europe's more profitable and aggressively expanding airlines, is, according to the Associated Press, seriously considering charging people for the right to use the head.
Yep, you heard that right. Sure, we've all been laughing about it for a week or so now. But after you stop laughing and ask yourself, "Are they serious?" know this -- they are very serious. In fact, the only thing holding up the pee-for-a-fee plan is the lack of a door mechanism that travelers could swipe their credit cards through for entry. The airline's CEO, Michael O'Leary, recently told a reportedly stunned group of media in Dublin that "eventually it's going to happen. It's just we can't do it at the moment because we don't have a mechanism for charging you," he said. Apparently he has tasked Boeing, which produces the company's stable of 737s, with the responsibility of creating said mechanism. "They've gone off to look at that," he said. "We are serious."
And so might be the negative backlash if he actually follows through with this insane idea.