Alaska Air to Ask Customers to Bring Their Own Water Bottles on Board

By Jesse Sokolow on 13 September 2019
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IMG_6199As part of its ongoing initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastics on flights, Alaska Airlines is asking passengers to bring their own water bottles with them under its #FillBeforeYouFly initiative.

The airline said it hopes to reduce inflight waste per passenger going to landfills by 70% by the year 2020.

“We’re passionate about working with our guests, employees, airports, and partners to reduce waste, protect habitats, and improve water health,” said  Diana Birkett Rakow, the airline’s vice president of external relations.

Last summer, Alaska Airlines began to eliminate the use of plastic straws and citrus picks on its flights as part of a growing trend to eliminate the unnecessary use of plastic items such as straws, which are too light to be recycled and end up in landfills instead.

The move puts the Alaska in lockstep with the city of Seattle, where it is headquartered, which banned plastic utensils and drinking straws at all food vendors in 2018.

Multiple airlines and hotels including Air Canada, Hilton Marriott, Hyatt, Ryanair, Fiji Airways, and Thai Airways have said they plan to reduce or eliminate plastic utensils and straws on their flights as well.

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