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Alaska Airlines Asks Passengers to Bring Their Own Water Bottle

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Alaska Airlines is slowly trying to ingratiate its passengers into a BYOB program.

But not the kind of bottle you’re thinking of.

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The airline has launched #FillBeforeYouFly, a campaign designed to reduce single-use plastic bottles by asking passengers to bring their own reusable water bottles and fill them prior to the flight.

“We’re passionate about working with our guests, employees, airports and partners to reduce waste, protect habitats and improve water health,” Diana Birkett Rakow, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of external relations, said in a statement. “Land, water and animals are incredibly special parts of the places we live and fly. If just 10 percent of us flying Alaska bring our own prefilled water bottles when we fly, it would save over 700,000 plastic water bottles and 4 million plastic cups per year. That’s a big lift.”

The airline notes that plastic bottles are among the top five most common items found in beach cleanups around the world.

Alaska says passengers are urged to remember to pre-fill the bottles. Airline policy prohibits bottles from being filled directly during inflight beverage service. The policy is in place to manage the limited quantities of water available on flights.

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Airlines Scaling Back On Some In-Flight Services Due to Coronavirus

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A few airlines, including those already affected by the coronavirus outbreak, have begun scaling back on some in-flight services as a way to help fight the virus.

The Points Guy writes that Singapore Airlines – obviously based in Asia, where the coronavirus has been most dangerous after originating in China – recently sent its frequent fliers an email about such changes.

Singapore advised its customers that some in-flight amenities will be discontinued, such as hot towel service, after-takeoff drink service, removal of reading materials from seat-back pockets, and suspension of in-flight sales.

Henry Harteveldt, president of Atmosphere Research, said that Chinese and Taiwanese carriers have taken similar precautionary steps based on government guidance, including removing pillows and blankets on some flights.

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“They’re changing their cabin service procedures, so the passengers will notice this,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy.

But Harteveldt also remained optimistic that passengers wouldn’t pitch a fit given the circumstances.

“Passengers will accept (the reduction in services) because they’re being done in the interest of health and wellness,” he said.

As the virus, now known as covid-19, continues to expand globally, it remains to be seen if other airlines – including those based in the U.S. who offer international travel – adopt the same practice.

The aviation industry is quite often a copycat business, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see some similar changes put into place.

“As adults, we have to be logical and rational when we experience these inconveniences,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy. “This isn’t cost-cutting, this isn’t random, this is in the best interest of public health.”

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