Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.

Every aspect of the flying experience is currently under scrutiny.

This is partly because airlines are looking at every aspect of the flying experience and scrutinizing it to see whether they can make more money from it.

Take Ryanair. The famous Irish budget airline once suggested it might even start charging for the use of its toilets on flights.

And now, its toilets have become the center of a little brouhaha that has very little haha about it.

A report in the Sun -- caveat reader -- suggests that a man on a flight from Leeds/Bradford airport in the UK to Faro, Portugal was desperate to go to the toilet.

Sadly, the toilets were -- according to one passenger -- out of action. Sue Francis told the Sun that the plane was turned around very quickly. Passengers, she said, were told that the front toilet was out of action. Those at the rear were OK. She claims that then all the toilets stopped working.

Francis told the Sun that a young man simple had to urinate, so he went to the slightly more secluded space where the cabin crew normally congregate and relieved himself into a bottle.

There, she said, one of the crew observed him and alleged tried to charge him 90 Euros (around $100) for committing an "aviation offense." The accusation is that a flight attendant was splashed.

Some passengers believe airlines regularly commit aviation offenses. However, I'm not aware that flight attendants have quite the power to offer on-the-spot fines to passengers who allegedly transgress.

Yes, of course there's a video. Of the argument that ensued, that is.

It appears that one toilet was finally unblocked and staff announced they would be escorting passengers individually to that toilet.

The whole thing degenerated into an angry flight attendant insisting that the passenger had done something unsavory, while another passenger filmed the argument.

A spokesman for Ryanair told me: "The crew of this flight from Leeds Bradford to Faro (27 April) requested police assistance upon landing after a passenger became disruptive inflight. The aircraft landed normally and the passenger was removed and detained by police upon arrival. We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behavior at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority. This is now a matter for local police."

But aren't working toilets an aspect of safety and comfort that are a matter for the airline?

And here's where versions of the tale diverge. Ryanair insists that no passengers were forced to use a bottle. The airline told me that two of the toilets were, indeed, out of action, but one was operational.

But for how long? And was there a point at which all the toilets were out of action? That's not clear. Ryanair also wouldn't comment on the alleged attempt to impose a fine.

The story might remind some US readers of the Delta passenger who claimed he couldn't hold it any longer and went to the toilet just before takeoff. The captain took the plane back to the gate in order to throw the passenger off.

Again, one wonders where common sense might have drifted off course.

Some passengers are very disruptive. The most recent example appears to involve a man in a famous red hat on a United flight out of Shanghai.

The more there are videos, the more such incidents will strike public eyes and ears.

And the more we'll be wondering whether the hope of a pleasant flight will be fulfilled.

Unless we're in First Class, that is.

Published on: May 23, 2017
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