No water fountains in more than HALF of UK international airports calls on airport bosses to provide free drinking water

The UK’s biggest consumer website has today called on 18 UK airports to offer free drinking water fountains to passengers in their departure lounges.

For more than a decade, passengers have not been allowed to take liquids of more than 100ml through security at airports. This means they are often forced to purchase expensive bottled water once airside.

MSE has asked 30 UK international airports if passengers can fill up for free at a water fountain after security. More than half do not offer this basic facility. has now written to the chief executives of these airports, urging them to install drinking water facilities in their departure lounges.

Steve Nowottny, news and features editor at, said: “It can be infuriating for passengers to have to abandon bottles of water before going through security, then shell out for pricey bottles in the departure lounge.

“Taking an empty bottle through security and then filling it up at a water fountain is the simplest answer – we’ve had a massive response from users since publishing a list of airport water fountains earlier this summer.

“Yet shockingly many UK airports still aren’t offering this basic facility, leaving thirsty passengers at the mercy of airside retailers or having to ask at restaurants and cafes, which is far from ideal.

“That’s why we’re now urging airports that don’t already have fountains to take action and install them as soon as possible, ensuring all passengers can fill up for free.”

For the full list of airports, visit the news story.


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