The last word

Customers of the Irish no-frills carrier might have to fork out £1 to “spend a penny” on flights, Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary said. Was he joking or serious?

If taken seriously, the price of a “pumpship,” as James Joyce’s characters termed the natural bodily function of a nation which institutionalized the immortal beverage known as stout could:

(1) either deter travellers from pre-flight drinking, causing widespread unemployment at pubs and airport bars.
(2) cause a life-threatening stampede after the plane lands.
(3) place an unpleasant onus upon airway sanitation workers.

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