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    • MSE Megan F
    • By MSE Megan F 26th Jul 17, 1:18 PM
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    MSE News: No water fountains in more than HALF of UK airports
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    • 26th Jul 17, 1:18 PM
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    MSE News: No water fountains in more than HALF of UK airports 26th Jul 17 at 1:18 PM
    MoneySavingExpert.com is calling on 18 UK international airports to offer free drinking water fountains to passengers in their departure lounges...
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 26th Jul 17, 1:51 PM
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    In other non first world problem water news, children are dying from dirty water in the Yemen https://www.oxfam.org.uk/bucket
    Last edited by richardw; 26-07-2017 at 1:54 PM.
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 27th Jul 17, 8:25 AM
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    • 27th Jul 17, 8:25 AM
    For more than a decade, passengers have not been allowed to take liquids of more than 100ml through security at airports Ė meaning they're often forced to purchase expensive bottled water once airside.
    I buy Buxton bottled water from Boots airside, I think it's a 750ml (maybe 500ml) sports bottle, usually on offer 2 for £2.

    Not sure how that compares with the High Street price but I wouldn't exactly call it 'expensive'.
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 27th Jul 17, 10:04 AM
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    • 27th Jul 17, 10:04 AM
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    And all the eateries will give free tap water.

    Another MSE click-bait non-story, yawn.
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    • mjm3346
    • By mjm3346 27th Jul 17, 7:22 PM
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    • 27th Jul 17, 7:22 PM
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    • 27th Jul 17, 7:22 PM
    If the price of a bottle of water is of so much concern then the passengers who struggle to afford it should probably not be flying in the first place.
    • mikael
    • By mikael 28th Jul 17, 8:54 PM
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    • 28th Jul 17, 8:54 PM
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    I can afford to buy water, but I think it is a wasteful and bad for the environment to force people to buy bottled water which has been trucked all over the country or even across Europe. I also hate being forced to buy something I forcibly have to give up. Filling up a bottle with tap water is entirely reasonable.
    • leylandsunaddict
    • By leylandsunaddict 28th Jul 17, 9:06 PM
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    • 28th Jul 17, 9:06 PM
    I also hate being forced to buy something I forcibly have to give up
    Originally posted by mikael
    Why would you have to give it up?
    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 28th Jul 17, 9:24 PM
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    • 28th Jul 17, 9:24 PM
    If the price of a bottle of water is of so much concern then the passengers who struggle to afford it should probably not be flying in the first place.
    Originally posted by mjm3346
    If saving money is not a concern then people should probably not be reading moneysavingexpert.com in the first place.
    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 28th Jul 17, 9:38 PM
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    • 28th Jul 17, 9:38 PM
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    • 28th Jul 17, 9:38 PM
    In other non first world problem water news, children are dying from dirty water in the Yemen https://www.oxfam.org.uk/bucket
    Originally posted by richardw
    Whereas here we're wastefully paying for water we could get free just because we can and it's mere trivial loose change for us.

    Personally I'd prefer to donate my loose change to the likes of Oxfam rather than lazily spending it boosting airport retailers' profits.
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 29th Jul 17, 7:50 AM
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    I can afford to buy water, but I think it is a wasteful and bad for the environment to force people to buy bottled water which has been trucked all over the country or even across Europe. I also hate being forced to buy something I forcibly have to give up. Filling up a bottle with tap water is entirely reasonable.
    Originally posted by mikael
    You don't have to 'forcibly give up' water if you don't bring it to the airport in the first place.

    TBH I'm amazed at the number of people who feel it necessary to buy a bottle of water, drink a 1/4 of it then throw it in the bin before they go through security. If they had an ounce of common sense, they would have waited until after security to buy it.

    As it is, you can take an empty bottle with you if you wish and fill it p at the fountains where available or ask any of the eateries to fill it up with tap water.
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    • Alan Cross
    • By Alan Cross 29th Jul 17, 11:19 AM
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    The bottled water business generally is a racket, built largely on combination of people's ignorance and oneupmanship. 50 years ago it didn't exist and amazingly, nobody died of thirst. I never buy the stuff and I recommend heartily that nobody else should do so.

    Go green, for God's sake. Ditch all this ridiculous plastic and totally unnecessary refrigeration.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 29th Jul 17, 12:14 PM
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    I drink at least 4 pints of tap water every day.

    The only time I buy bottled water is at the airport to take on the plane and during my holidays abroad.
    I buy the cheapest I can find. That's usually Boots own brand
    (I think something like Glen...? Or maybe Buxton) at 2 for £2.00

    So I don't have empty bottles hanging about at home to put in my (sometimes pretty full) hand luggage to fill from free water fountains once I've got through Security.
    • fredandwilma
    • By fredandwilma 30th Jul 17, 7:28 AM
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    London Southend Airport's chief executive officer Glyn Jones has already responded to our letter, saying: "We do not provide water fountains. However, free filling of water bottles is available on request, which we think is a better solution and one which is much more hygienic than even the best maintained water fountain.

    "We were actually complimented last week by a guest on Twitter for this approach and, as always, we will continue to listen to our guests."
    I too, compliment London Southend Airport's approach to providing water fountains.

    I'm sure there will be 'guests' who know whether or not using a water fountain is the most sensible thing to do?

    However, I wouldn't let someone else fill a water bottle for me either.

    Which leaves the purchasing water, option.

    To me, It's an informed choice based on an individuals health, rather than a money saving exercise and publicity campaign, in this particular instance.
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    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 30th Jul 17, 7:37 AM
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    I've never bought water in an airport. Plane departs @ 14:00, I arrive @12:30, spend 20 mins going through security, 20 mins walking the mile through Gatwick to the Gate, board plane and after take off buy a drink and start enjoying my holiday. If I had to absolutely get a drink in an airport I would get one.

    I do chuckle when queuing at security the amount of bottles that have been found in peoples bags- you'd have thought that after ten years of no liquids the penny would have dropped but there are some proper dimwits out there- usually on my Easyjet flight!

    I agree with RichardW sentiments about donating to Oxfam re Yemen and dirty water. Good call.
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    • pelirocco
    • By pelirocco 30th Jul 17, 7:41 AM
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    I can afford to buy water, but I think it is a wasteful and bad for the environment to force people to buy bottled water which has been trucked all over the country or even across Europe. I also hate being forced to buy something I forcibly have to give up. Filling up a bottle with tap water is entirely reasonable.
    Originally posted by mikael
    And of course flying is so good for the enviroment .
    A lot of people hate being 'forcibly' blown up mid flight too (hence the rule re liquids )
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    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 30th Jul 17, 8:38 AM
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    I too, compliment London Southend Airport's approach to providing water fountains.

    I'm sure there will be 'guests' who know whether or not using a water fountain is the most sensible thing to do?

    However, I wouldn't let someone else fill a water bottle for me either.
    Originally posted by fredandwilma
    Why won't you let someone else fill your water bottle? Do you ever order drinks at a bar or eat in a restaurant?
    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 30th Jul 17, 8:52 AM
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    I do chuckle when queuing at security the amount of bottles that have been found in peoples bags- you'd have thought that after ten years of no liquids the penny would have dropped but there are some proper dimwits out there- usually on my Easyjet flight!
    Originally posted by worried jim
    Last time through Manchester my wife's bag got diverted into the "suspect" queue because they detected something suspcious. We then had to wait about half an hour in a massive queue of bags to be manually searched, behind utter morons with stuff like water bottles, cans of beer, and a big tub of yogurt in their bags.

    The offending article in my wife's bag was this https://www.superdrug.com/Pitrok/PitROK-Crystal-Natural-Deodorant-Stick-100g/p/252468 - a crystal deodorant. There is no way it's even close to a liquid, or a paste, it's crystal - ie rock! But their machines apparently saw it as a liquid!
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 30th Jul 17, 11:56 AM
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    Last time through Manchester my wife's bag got diverted into the "suspect" queue because they detected something suspcious. We then had to wait about half an hour in a massive queue of bags to be manually searched, behind utter morons with stuff like water bottles, cans of beer, and a big tub of yogurt in their bags.

    The offending article in my wife's bag was this https://www.superdrug.com/Pitrok/PitROK-Crystal-Natural-Deodorant-Stick-100g/p/252468 - a crystal deodorant. There is no way it's even close to a liquid, or a paste, it's crystal - ie rock! But their machines apparently saw it as a liquid!
    Originally posted by zagfles
    I get stopped every single time! First it was canned deodorant- I thought it was a gas but not. Now I always get stopped because of my ipad- even though it is out of the case it makes no difference- i've given up ever sailing straight through and just add it into my journey time- very efficient at Gatwick and adds no more than five minutes and the staff are friendly so I always have a little joke and a chat with them. This year I was stopped because my see through bag holding my liquids was too big!
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    • BodMor
    • By BodMor 2nd Aug 17, 9:23 AM
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    Signposted free cold water facilities in the main retail area and near each group of gates should be a mandatory licensing condition for all UK airport operators.


    The problem is particularly acute on cattle class long haul flights where it may be a couple of hours into a flight in a packed and sweltering cabin before water is offered, and even longer since clearing pre-flight security.


    There is a clear conflict of interest between providing such free water and the percentage of tenant retail takings that the operator enjoys from its resident retailers. Unregulated most have plumbed the "rest rooms" with hot water only to boost the takings.


    Regulate them now.
    • Mobeer
    • By Mobeer 2nd Aug 17, 10:58 AM
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    Duty free shops were selling water for £1 a bottle for charity - not sure if they still do.
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