This One Place Completely Banned Plastic Water Bottles, So Don’t Forget Next Time You Travel

August 09, 2019

Passport, check. Boarding pass, check. Neck pillow, check. Noise-cancelling headphones so you don’t have to overhear whatever garbage your neighbor is watching, check. Enormous bottle of overpriced water — nope, not anymore, if you’re flying from the San Francisco Airport (SFO). Air travel already requires a pretty long checklist, and the airport has decided that you’ll need to add ‘reusable water bottles’ to that, if you want to avoid landing at your destination feeling dried out and thirsty.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that effective from August 20th, the airport is banning the sale of single-use plastic water bottles, including from vending machines and restaurants. Travelers will either have to bring their own reusable bottle, or splash out on one at the airport. However, they will still be able to buy flavored water, sodas and juice in plastic bottles, at least for now. To help keep travelers hydrated without resorting to a last-minute purchase of a big bottle of water, SFO have installed 100 wall-mounted ‘hydration stations’ since 2011, which are spread around the terminals, with plans to add more as the airport expands.

SFO are pretty hyped to be the first airport to make this move against plastics.

Their spokesman, Doug Yakel, said, “We’re the first airport that we’re aware of to implement this change. We’re on the leading edge for the industry, and we want to push the boundaries of sustainability initiatives.”

Some travelers are on board.

The airport’s decision elicited positive responses.

*Insert praise hands emoji.*

Although some are more reserved with their congrats than others.

But every little helps!

The ban even inspired unintentional spontaneous poetry.

Travelers are already stocking up.

This seems like a no-brainer to some.

As plastic comes under increasing scrutiny, reusable water bottles have already become more popular.

Some see this as a simple solution.

But for others, a full-on ban on plastic water bottles feels extreme.

It reminds some people of the smoking ban — something most people now take for granted.

However, some welcome a policy that will force them to change their environmentally dubious habits.

Not everyone is seeing the bright side.

Some travelers find it strange that this means the only drinks passengers will be able to buy will be those that contain sugar…

Others are even suspicious…

There may be technical challenges, too.

One Twitter user is skeptical about whether those hydration stations will live up to demand.

Other people were not happy about having to drink airport tap water.

And some say that they can’t for health reasons.

Overall, the response was positive, but it’s easy to be pro-plastic ban when you’re not facing a nine-hour plane journey with no hydration because you forgot to pack your water bottle. SFO are hoping this will take off smoothly — but they could be in for a bumpy ride.