Plane bathrooms, for most of us it’s the most personal space you’ll get for the entire flight. It’s not luxurious but it serves a good purpose. Most people see it as a basic human right but some airlines see it as a luxury that should be paid for, but should we?
Aeroplane bathrooms are little in size but big in purpose, they serve the need of all humans and can cause problems if those needs aren’t met. Full-service airlines such as Qantas offer 23kg baggage, full meals, entertainment, seat selection and hand luggage all included in the price. These airlines would not dare charge people to use the bathroom because it’s also included even if it might not say so on the ticket. However, airlines like Ryanair who currently offer them for free like every other airline in the world decided they would consider it in 2010, even naming the proposed price per visit at AUD$1.70
Ryanair charges for everything, for example, let’s take a flight from London to Luxembourg, Ryanair’s cheapest most basic fare costs AUD$24 while British Airways cheapest economy plus fare between the two cities costs $87, BA’s fare includes a leather seat, airport check-in, seat selection, carry on baggage and 23kg checked-in baggage, Ryanair’s fare includes a seat and a carry on that fits under your seat. With Ryanair, you can pay an extra $56 to have the majority of the BA’s economy plus inclusions however at $82 for the Ryanair fare one would only need a few bathroom visits to match the BA fare.
Here’s the debate, should the people who are paying $24 be required to pay the $1.70 per toilet charge? Should airlines with slim profit margins be able to make money off a basic human necessity? I should mention all these prices are just examples I just searched up today however the principal remains the same, should the cheap seats include basically nothing besides the seat? All humans have different needs and it’s important to recognise that but would airlines actually implement it? It’s a question I’m not qualified to answer but it’s important the discussion is had in regards to the definition of what a “low-cost carrier” truly is
Low cost carrier Ryanair considered charging people in 2010 full image credit