European low cost carrier Ryanair is planning to bring 40% of its flying starting in July.
They’ve released a new video laying out guidelines for travel, most of which will be familiar to people paying attention – such as wear masks, use mobile boarding passes, and otherwise practice social distancing. The airline’s CEO, though, says that blocking middle seats is idiotic.
One of Ryanair’s new guidelines is no queuing for the lavatory. In the front of the plane post-9/11 security measures have usually included this guidance, though people frequently do line up in the back.
What’s new at Ryanair is that passengers will have to ask permission to use the toilet before getting up. Apparently it’s perfectly safe to sit beside someone in your seat, and dangerous to do so near the loo.
Airline boss Michael O’Leary says a lot of outrageous things, probably just to get attention, but clearly believes in low costs and that people will expose themselves to anything for low fares. Two and a half years ago Ryanair stopped refilling soap in its lavatories to save money. That won’t fly today. O’Leary could reduce demand for lavatories by returning to his idea of charging for them, rather than requiring people to ask permission.
I’ve suggested advertising in the lavatories instead of pay-per-entry, in fact credit card ads on the walls could fund bigger lavs.