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Originally published April 13, 2010 at 10:56 AM | Page modified April 13, 2010 at 3:18 PM

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Ryanair complains Boeing won't scrap toilets for more seats

Budget airline Ryanair is trying to persuade Boeing to remove toilets and add seats to its planes — and Ryanair still is planning to make passengers pay to use toilets.

BRUSSELS — Budget airline Ryanair says aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. does not want to fulfill its request for planes with more seats and fewer toilets because it believes that would compromise passenger safety.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary says he still hopes to convince Boeing that removing two toilets and adding six seats would not slow down emergency evacuations.

A Boeing spokeswoman said the company did not discuss conversations with customers.

Keen to cut costs, the airline says it also wants passengers to pay to use the toilets on its short flights within Europe.

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