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Starting This Summer, Ryanair Passengers Will Have to Ask Permission to Use the Bathroom

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by Eben Diskin May 12, 2020

Soon, using the bathroom on a Ryanair flight will feel a lot like being in an elementary school classroom.

The airline, which plans to resume 40 percent of its flights in July, will require passengers to ask permission to use the bathroom. That’s right. Standing in a bathroom line eight-passengers deep will become a thing of the past on Ryanair flights, to promote social distancing.

And that’s not the only change coming to Ryanair. The budget airline recently released a new video covering all the changes being implemented to protect the health of passengers and staff. Passengers will need to check in online, download their boarding passes to their smartphones, and take their temperature before leaving their home. Once at the airport, travelers will undergo temperature checks and will be required to wear face masks at all times. On board, passengers will only be able to purchase snacks and drinks with cashless payments.

According to Eddie Wilson, Ryanair chief executive, “It is important for our customers and our people that we return to some normal schedules from 1 July onwards. Governments around Europe have implemented a four-month lockdown to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus. After four months, it is time to get Europe flying again so we can reunite friends and families, allow people to return to work, and restart Europe’s tourism industry, which provides so many millions of jobs.”

Ryanair is banking on border and travel restrictions being lifted in July, with hopes of running nearly 1,000 flights a day starting July 1.

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