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malgudi Jan 16, 18 5:25 pm

Why can't I drink the water?
 
I forgot I had a small bottle of water in my laptop bag ... so this was promptly confiscated at the gate (although they offered to return the bottle after draining it)

Not a biggie, but I was surprised they wouldn't let me drink from the bottle before it was confiscated.

Just curious why I couldn't drink the water.

I wasn't inconvenienced in any way, so this isn't a rant ;)

invisible Jan 16, 18 7:03 pm

Well, probably they did not want you to commit suicide in front of them...

Jokes aside - was it in Changi?

jf123 Jan 16, 18 8:25 pm

That's because it was Nuwater. Made from sewage/effluent water.

malgudi Jan 17, 18 4:54 pm


Originally Posted by invisible (Post 29301797)
Well, probably they did not want you to commit suicide in front of them...

Jokes aside - was it in Changi?

Yes. Bottle was from the Silver Kris lounge :)

:D! Jan 17, 18 5:17 pm

No reason. In MAD I was allowed to drink the water, in ZRH I wasn't even allowed to touch the bottle in case I activated the secret combustion function, and in FRA the screener claimed he was not allowed to touch the bottle in case he activated the secret combustion function. At LHR they didn't see the bottle on the x-ray, and I didn't notice until it was discovered before my next flight. And you can take as many liquids as you like on domestic flights in certain countries.

Firemansam Jan 17, 18 7:14 pm

That's one thing that has always puzzled me in Australia is the LAGS rules. International they are incredibly strict yet domestic I can take whatever liquids I like as carry on. Surely it's not just intl flights that are at risk of someone taking on something that could endanger the plane?

number_6 Jan 17, 18 9:56 pm

Australian airports are equipped with more sophisticated scanners which can image the type of liquid in that bottle, so the endangerment of the plane is avoided using investment in technology. Other international airports are not similarly equipped and don't identify the type of liquid contents, hence the difference in rules. I've looked into this a fair bit, and it isn't just liquids that the scanners in Oz screen out ... making for much safer travel in Australia compared to USA or Europ, etc. Don't believe it? Try smuggling other contraband such as a jet lighter through a scanner at an Australian airport.

varnerbyron Feb 4, 18 1:20 am

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most probably because it is a secruity check haha?

Jimgotkp Feb 6, 18 6:54 am

Reminds me of a time when a passenger at the front of the line decided to take his time drinking his bottle of water, which was delaying the process of everyone else in the same line going through security.

fivenue Feb 10, 18 1:54 pm


Originally Posted by Jimgotkp (Post 29385355)
Reminds me of a time when a passenger at the front of the line decided to take his time drinking his bottle of water, which was delaying the process of everyone else in the same line going through security.

couldn't you just passed him/her? I wouldn't let anyone delaying my boarding like that

FN-GM Feb 10, 18 1:56 pm

Probably didn't want you holding up the line.

jakebarrell Mar 22, 18 11:25 pm

No doubt that Changi airport has a very tight security.

seavisionburma Mar 26, 18 2:30 pm

Odd post. If they won't let you drink it in the line, simply move back from the security area and drink it. Regardless of the instruction at the front of the queue, if you really want to drink the rest of your water go and drink it.

LoungeBum Apr 12, 18 10:06 pm

I was flying out of singapore yesterday, forgot about the water bottle and remembered this post.... the guy asked me if I wanted to drink water before he throwed away... I did take a sip and gave back to him, so it most be a different rule interpretation from agent to agent...

Charlene0116 Apr 19, 18 10:14 pm

Well, Singapore is one of the safest countries in Asia, what do we expect?

Harry Andersen May 23, 18 2:31 am

They probably thought you were downing vodka?

yrs May 23, 18 3:44 am

Perhaps an odd experience. Not the norm.

dhuey May 28, 18 4:23 pm

Although this is not the OP's question, I'll ask in this thread something about the tap water in Singapore. When I checked into my hotel in March, the front desk clerk advised me, an American, not to drink the tap water. I was a bit surprised. Everything about Singapore's infrastructure seems to be top-notch. Is the tap water anything less than that? Perhaps it is, but nonetheless there is something about the difference in microorganisms that make it through the filters that upsets the stomachs of those from far away. I have no idea -- that's why I ask such questions.

PsiFighter37 Jun 2, 18 10:06 am


Originally Posted by dhuey (Post 29803080)
Although this is not the OP's question, I'll ask in this thread something about the tap water in Singapore. When I checked into my hotel in March, the front desk clerk advised me, an American, not to drink the tap water. I was a bit surprised. Everything about Singapore's infrastructure seems to be top-notch. Is the tap water anything less than that? Perhaps it is, but nonetheless there is something about the difference in microorganisms that make it through the filters that upsets the stomachs of those from far away. I have no idea -- that's why I ask such questions.

A friend who was born/raised in Singapore said it is perfectly fine to drink the tap water there. I never ended up doing it because the Fairmont oversupplied me with water bottles every day :)

tide Jun 3, 18 9:57 pm


Originally Posted by dhuey (Post 29803080)
Although this is not the OP's question, I'll ask in this thread something about the tap water in Singapore. When I checked into my hotel in March, the front desk clerk advised me, an American, not to drink the tap water....

I second the previous comment. Singapore tap water is safe to drink and Singaporeans I've met are very proud of this. However, very few Singaporeans work in the hotel service industry so this is perhaps why you got a different opinion.

fumje Jul 10, 18 2:54 pm


Originally Posted by dhuey (Post 29803080)
Although this is not the OP's question, I'll ask in this thread something about the tap water in Singapore. When I checked into my hotel in March, the front desk clerk advised me, an American, not to drink the tap water. I was a bit surprised. Everything about Singapore's infrastructure seems to be top-notch. Is the tap water anything less than that? Perhaps it is, but nonetheless there is something about the difference in microorganisms that make it through the filters that upsets the stomachs of those from far away. I have no idea -- that's why I ask such questions.

I drank the water on previous visits and had no problem. Also never heard such advice. Perhaps it was offered out of an extreme abundance of caution.

I will be back again soon and intend to drink the water again. :)

clubeurope Jul 15, 18 7:27 am

I agree with the two posters above, water in Singapore is drinkable and actually tastes great!

Many hotel employees in Singapore come from other countries, and may be new to SG, and may not provide the most accurate responses. In particular, I've found it to be the case that they are hiring people mainly hailing from Mainland China.

s0ssos Jul 16, 18 9:23 pm

If you want to know more about the water, you can visit the NEWater plant. They give tours, and it is very informative. Many places have water processing plants but I don't know about tours (Orange County, California also has tours)

KimDDD Aug 7, 18 1:42 pm


Originally Posted by malgudi (Post 29301550)
I forgot I had a small bottle of water in my laptop bag ... so this was promptly confiscated at the gate (although they offered to return the bottle after draining it)

Not a biggie, but I was surprised they wouldn't let me drink from the bottle before it was confiscated.

Just curious why I couldn't drink the water.

I wasn't inconvenienced in any way, so this isn't a rant ;)

that is a bit random indeed... iíve forgotten about bottles in my bag in the past but was always allowed to drink them. which country was this in?


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