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Spirit Airlines places ads, not coin locks, on lavatories

May 11, 2010 |  3:51 pm

Spirit airlines Spirit Airlines, the Florida-based air carrier that recently introduced fees for carry-on bags and unveiled seats that don't adjust, announced Tuesday that it would post advertisements in the lavatories.

The airline already has ads on the planes' bulkhead pads and on the flight attendants' aprons, among other spots.

In the past, the airline also posted ads to promote travel to the Bahamas (as seen in the photo) on the overhead bins. 

Spirit drew criticism from congressional leaders and others last month after the airline announced it would charge up to $45 for carry-on bags that don't fit under the seat.

Soon after, the airline announced that it had installed "pre-reclined" seats that don't adjust on two new planes and planned to install them on two other aircraft.

Spirit executives say the money brought in by posting ads for Fresh & Go travel toothbrushes on the lavatory mirrors helps subsidize the cost of the flights.

But airline executives repeated previous vows never to charge passengers to use the onboard bathrooms.

-- Hugo Martin

Photo: Ads for the Bahamas on Spirit Airlines. Credit: Spirit Airlines