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Spend a penny for a pound

Spend a penny for a pound

Budget travelers will be doing more than spending a penny if they find they need to visit the restroom on a Ryanair flight.

In an effort to save money, the low-cost airline is set to charge backpackers and other passengers £1 for using its onboard toilet.

Chief executive of Ryanair Michael O'Leary made the announcement last week (February 27th) that coin-slot machines will be fitted to restrict access to bathroom facilities.

The Civil Aviation Authority also announced that after looking into the proposal it has found that Ryanair would be legally entitled to introduce such a measure.

A spokesperson told the Times newspaper: "The situation is 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."

The move by Ryanair could set the tone for the future of the airline industry as hostel-staying backpackers find even commercial airliners such as British Airways are incorporating budget travel measures.

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