O'Leary made the news again last week.
He suggested that his airline start to charge people for going to the lavatory during flights. He argued that it has long been the practice for railway stations to charge for access to public conveniences. That was how "spend a penny" (a British euphemism for having a pee) came into existence in an earlier century. At today's railway stations the "going rate," if we can call it that, is 30 pence. Garrulous O'Leary argued that air travel was much the same as the railway business. So it might be time to start charging.Forbes fell for it, Glenn Reynolds fell for it, a whole bunch of people who should know better fell for it. There won't be a charge for taking a leak or dropping the kids off at the pool. O'Leary is a master at getting free publicity, and he got his airline millions in free publicity over the past few days just by uttering some words.
You say it's bad publicity? Hogwash. The people who fly Ryanair know what to expect, and budget travelers who haven't flown Ryanair yet won't spend more money to fly on another airline just because of O'Leary.