Call for Scots airports to provide free water

An SNP MEP has called on Scots airports to provide free water. Picture: Robert Perry
An SNP MEP has called on Scots airports to provide free water. Picture: Robert Perry
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AIRPORTS must provide passengers with drinking water facilities while they await flights, an SNP Euro MP has demanded.

The call from Alyn Smith came after he found travellers were buying bottled water because there was only “patchy” availability of water fountains in the departure lounges of Scottish airports.

He said a change in European law was needed to ensure water was available because passengers were not permitted to carry liquids through security checks.

Mr Smith said under Scottish licensing laws, passengers must be given free water by airport bars, but “this is not a workable solution for all, especially parents with young children”.

The MEP said there were no drinking water facilities in Aberdeen or Prestwick airports, but there were water foundations at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, and separate taps for drinking water in toilets at Inverness.

Aberdeen airport said it provided free water from all its “retail facilities”. A spokesman for Prestwick said. “All our bars and restaurants are happy to provide passengers with free tap water if requested.“