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    Ryan Air Set to Push the Boundaries Again

    We are no strangers to Ryan Air, everyone's favourite 'love to hate' airline, here at Auto Europe. We recently ran a post regarding their manners 'Ryan Air Lets Rip' and generally keep an eye on their publicity antics, the latest of which has caused me to put finger to keyboard again.In essence Ryan Air has recently been running a poll of customers to see what the most popular new ancillary charges would be. Possibly unsurprisingly there is strong support for a so-called 'fat tax' which would charge higher fares to overweight passengers. Another supposedly popular suggestion is a â‚3 charge to smoke on board in a specially modified toilet cubicle. Other suggestions include an annual subscription fee to access the Ryan Air website, a â‚2 'corkage' charge to passengers who bring their own food on board or (my favourite or least favourite I can't decide) a â‚1 charge for toilet paper featuring O'Leary's face!As you would expect the media has had a lot to say about the poll and quite rightly ascertained that this is a clever stunt to introduce higher fares for heavier passengers as a measure which passengers have asked for. It's certainly clever but why does it not alienate customers I wonder? I guess cheaper flights will always win the day and it's no skin off the nose of an ordinarily weighted person.My key concern is why do we need to fare system to be even more complex? Could Ryan Air not start to charge us fair fares that include the basic passenger requirements? To my mind the basics are carrying luggage, water, use of the toilets and safety equipment as required. Is there anyone else out there like me that would prefer an easy to understand price which includes what you need and is unlikely to rise if I am overweight, need the loo or wish to bring luggage in the hold?

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