The UK’s biggest consumer website MoneySavingExpert.com 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.
MoneySavingExpert.com 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 MoneySavingExpert.com, 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 MoneySavingExpert.com news story.
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About MoneySavingExpert.com: MoneySavingExpert.com is dedicated to cutting consumers’ bills and fighting their corner. The free-to-use consumer finance help resource aims to show people how to save money on anything and everything, and campaigns for financial justice. It was set up in 2003 for just £100, and its free-to-use, ethical stance quickly made it the UK’s biggest independent money website, according to internet ranking site Alexa.com, and the number one ‘Business and Finance – Business Information’ site, according to Hitwise. It has more than 12 million people opted-in to receive the weekly MSE’s Money Tips email, and more than 16 million unique monthly site users who visit more than 28 million times a month. In September 2012, it joined the MoneySupermarket.com Group PLC.