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Ryanair passengers vote for 'Fat Tax'

14th April 2009 - 10:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Irish low-fare carrier Ryanair says that 45,000 passengers have registered their votes in a poll that will select the airline's next discretionary charge.

The company says that 20,000 of those passengers have voted in favour of charging excess fees for overweight passengers, following the launch of the competition on 12 March.

The top five as voted by passengers to date are:
40% - Excess fees for overweight passengers based on body mass index.
20% - €3 to smoke in a converted toilet cubicle,
18% - €1 for toilet paper – with CEO Michael O’Leary’s face on it,
14% - annual subscription to access,
8% - €2 “corkage” fee for passengers who bring their own food onboard.

The voting closes on April 17.

Spokesman, Stephen McNamara said: “We are delighted with the number of votes cast to date and a little surprised with how the vote has gone so far. We urge more passengers, especially those who may be a little larger, to vote before the poll closes on Friday."

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