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Free water at Airports after security check in, source MSE

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Click on the link to check the list of Airports. Restrictions on taking liquids in hand luggage mean passengers often shell out for pricey bottles of water once in the departure lounge, or they may h… Read More
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2w, 5d agoFound 2 weeks, 5 days ago
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Restrictions on taking liquids in hand luggage mean passengers often shell out for pricey bottles of water once in the departure lounge, or they may have to pay for expensive drinks on the plane, particularly on shorter journeys. But many airports have water fountains after security where you can fill up an empty water bottle or thermos flask for free - you just have to know where to find 'em.

Simply take an empty bottle with you through security - the Civil Aviation Authority confirms this IS allowed - and fill it up before getting on the plane. *The Department for Transport does not prohibit the carriage of empty water bottles through security in hand luggage.


Some may be put off that they are located in the toilets at Heathrow :D
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4 Likes #1
They need some Viacal on that fountain look....Hard water area i would say! Fountain machines last longer with Calgon!
3 Likes #2
Suggest it's a 'filter' water bottle you take through...
Either that, or a 'life-straw' ha-ha
5 Likes #3
The Department for Transport does not prohibit the carriage of empty water bottles through security in hand luggage.


Queue the arguments with airport security staff who make their own rules up as they go along.
10 Likes #4
Alternatively buy a bottle of water for a quid.....
#5
Good idea and i have tried it a few times but problem is they often have security at the gate as well now - rarely is there water fountain beyond the gate. Trying to find the fountains in uk airports is a challenge as well and then not working surprise surprise. Some planes used to have water fountains onboard but dont think so these days?
2 Likes #6
urbanlegend11
Alternatively buy a bottle of water for a quid.....
Exactly - £1 for a tiny bottle that you can get an equivalent for 17p in Lidl etc

And this time it is not just rip-off Britain - most airports around the world are on the rip-off for water these days. Only a few seem to be sensible and allow drinks bottles.

Surely by now than can get detectors that can tell if a bottle of water is just that ??
3 Likes #7
If you can't find a fountain, ask at one of the coffee bars (Starbucks etc). They have always happily filled up my empty water bottle free of charge, and without a fuss.
#8
Take an empty bottle and fill it in the plane's toilets.
You'll get a free bed and accommodation at your destination :D
2 Likes #9
urbanlegend11
Alternatively buy a bottle of water for a quid.....
\x0d\x0aminimum seems to be £2 or more, or oddly less for a torygraph + free water
#10
Bikertov
urbanlegend11
Alternatively buy a bottle of water for a quid.....
Exactly - £1 for a tiny bottle that you can get an equivalent for 17p in Lidl etc
And this time it is not just rip-off Britain - most airports around the world are on the rip-off for water these days. Only a few seem to be sensible and allow drinks bottles.
Surely by now than can get detectors that can tell if a bottle of water is just that ??

Do you count the lettuce on your big Mac?
1 Like #11
They give away bottles of water at Dublin airport with an honesty box for donations next to it.
Saw some fat pig in a suit filling his case with the recently and not putting a penny in.
What the hell was he going to do with 5 bottles of water , do they not has fresh drinking water in Ireland?
1 Like #12
dugongs2
Good idea and i have tried it a few times but problem is they often have security at the gate as well now - rarely is there water fountain beyond the gate.
How is a re-filled bottle any different from one that you buy from a shop on the air side?
1 Like #13
Just take the empty bottle and do a bear grylls oO
6 Likes #14
urbanlegend11
Alternatively buy a bottle of water for a quid.....

Which major airports are you seeing bottles of water for £1?
I've been at three of the busiest airports in the UK this year and the cheapest bottle on it's own I saw was £1.89.
#15
Destard
urbanlegend11
Alternatively buy a bottle of water for a quid.....
Which major airports are you seeing bottles of water for £1?
I've been at three of the busiest airports in the UK this year and the cheapest bottle on it's own I saw was £1.89.
My friend is a pilot and can bottle his tapwater for £1 a bottle if anyone wants
4 Likes #16
Joe22
How is a re-filled bottle any different from one that you buy from a shop on the air side?

One of them is free and the other isn't.
That would be my guess
2 Likes #17
gidsterc
Suggest it's a 'filter' water bottle you take through...Either that, or a 'life-straw' ha-ha


Heathrow has proper filtered water bottle filling machines. Chilled water. Not hidden or anything.

You do need to be careful at some airports (none I've ever been to in the UK though) as some places do a final 'no liquids' before getting to the gate. Irritating if you have just brought a drink.

Edited By: ziggycj on Jul 05, 2017 21:11: typo
1 Like #18
Good luck finding free anything in a Belfast airport. They are a complete embarassment.
#19
thedvdmonster
They give away bottles of water at Dublin airport with an honesty box for donations next to it.
Saw some fat pig in a suit filling his case with the recently and not putting a penny in.
What the hell was he going to do with 5 bottles of water , do they not has fresh drinking water in Ireland?

You should have shamed him about it in a very loud voice. But then, the scrote probably had no shame anyway.
#20
They usually have a machine which dispenses water (one which reads we have saved xxxxxx plastic bottles) straight after security.
I usually take a 1 litre bobble bottle with me.
#21
ziggycj
gidsterc
Suggest it's a 'filter' water bottle you take through...
Either that, or a 'life-straw' ha-ha
Heathrow has proper filtered water bottle filling machines. Chilled water. Not hidden or anything.
You don need to be careful at some airports (none I've ever been to in the UK though) as some places do a final 'no liquids' before getting to the gate. Irritating if you have just brought a drink.
Like where? Literally never heard of this before.
1 Like #22
Destard
ziggycj
gidsterc
Suggest it's a 'filter' water bottle you take through...
Either that, or a 'life-straw' ha-ha
Heathrow has proper filtered water bottle filling machines. Chilled water. Not hidden or anything.
You don need to be careful at some airports (none I've ever been to in the UK though) as some places do a final 'no liquids' before getting to the gate. Irritating if you have just brought a drink.
Like where? Literally never heard of this before.
Click on the links Terminal 2 , Terminal 3, Terminal 4, Terminal 5.
#23
Destard
ziggycj
gidsterc
Suggest it's a 'filter' water bottle you take through...
Either that, or a 'life-straw' ha-ha
Heathrow has proper filtered water bottle filling machines. Chilled water. Not hidden or anything.
You don need to be careful at some airports (none I've ever been to in the UK though) as some places do a final 'no liquids' before getting to the gate. Irritating if you have just brought a drink.
Like where? Literally never heard of this before.

Right after leaving security. They had one on either side but if your not looking, you probably wouldn't notice. Most people just walk straight through to the departure area and it's quite busy so you might just never have seen them. I think they also have drinking fountains near some toilets (and in Arrivals) but just after security look out for the proper water machines.
#24
In Greece the maximum charge for a bottle of water is 50 cents. Airports, tourist hot spots etc all have to abide by the law.
#25
urbanlegend11
Alternatively buy a bottle of water for a quid.....

went to malta, at their air port it was like 3 euros or something stupid, they have multiple water fountains though.

When it is just you, not a big deal. But a family of 5+ everyone being thirsty is all of a sudden a way more expensive than it need be.
#26
IndyS
Destard
ziggycj
gidsterc
Suggest it's a 'filter' water bottle you take through...
Either that, or a 'life-straw' ha-ha
Heathrow has proper filtered water bottle filling machines. Chilled water. Not hidden or anything.
You don need to be careful at some airports (none I've ever been to in the UK though) as some places do a final 'no liquids' before getting to the gate. Irritating if you have just brought a drink.
Like where? Literally never heard of this before.
Click on the links Terminal 2 , Terminal 3, Terminal 4, Terminal 5.
Was referring to the final part of the quote, regarding not being allowed water before you get on the plane.
5 Likes #27
iwilliams54
Do you count the lettuce on your big Mac?

What a ridiculous comment !

If you think £1+ for 500ml of water is acceptable then what are you doing on a deal site like this ??

Petrol doesn't even cost £2+ a litre, and everyone moans about that. There is no valid reason to charge so much for water.
#28
mickrick
Good luck finding free anything in a Belfast airport. They are a complete embarassment.
Agreed!
1 Like #29
I mean I didn't know about UK airports but Dubai has cold water fountains. Good to know. Thanks Op
#30
I've always taken empty water bottles with me through security... wasn't aware people didn't know water fountains existed!
#31
no thanks.
1 Like #32
urbanlegend11
Alternatively buy a bottle of water for a quid.....

IF ONLY there was a Pound shop in the Airport Lounge - we'd all be laughing
1 Like #33
n3m3s1s
IF ONLY there was a Pound shop in the Airport Lounge - we'd all be laughing

Indeed, that would be humourous.
#34
n3m3s1s
IF ONLY there was a Pound shop in the Airport Lounge - we'd all be laughing

Then the water would cost a pound , lol
1 Like #35
iwilliams54
Do you count the lettuce on your big Mac?


I definitely do, having one or no lettuce on a big Mac is a disgrace and you should be man enough to speak up about it! Obviously if you don't care or have no sense of money it does not matter but brings up the question of why are you on this site - if a freebie posts offends you and you think you should spend £1 then why bother to comment

Thank you OP!
#36
So much easier to just steal a bottle of water though.
1 Like #37
maxcxa
So much easier to just steal a bottle of water though.


Taking the Urine . . .
1 Like #38
Oh I didn't know about this new rule. This could make flying more difficult now. Must research. TY OP
#39
tusk1979
In Greece the maximum charge for a bottle of water is 50 cents. Airports, tourist hot spots etc all have to abide by the law.


No. It isn't. Went to santorini a few weeks ago and granted it was cheaper than what I would expect to pay at an airport, it was not 50 cents.

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