The concept of coin-operated toilets used to be just a joke we made about the proliferation of fees for every damn thing on an airplane.
Now, maybe not. Ryanair's boss Michael O'Leary got the Brit newspapers all clucking when he proposed just that, charging one British pound coin ($1.43 at current exchange) to use the john on a plane.
My first hunch was that O'Leary was just off on another publicity stunt and would later grandly announce that Ryanair had listened to customers and decided not to have coil-operated toilets.
But then some Ryanair spokeswoman, possibly just a nitwit, told the Times of London that Ryanair had investigated the situation and found "that there is no legal requirement for an aircraft to have a toilet onboard, so if an airline does have a toilet they can charge to use it."
Meanwhile, lookit this character on YouTube who has invented a coin-operated toilet paper dispenser, and touts it as another way to save the damn planet. Or another way to add still another fee to the wonderful world of flying.