It’s simply wrong to charge for drinking water on a commercial aircraft. It’s also stupid. And that’s why US Airways should stop it.
It’s hard to understand why the laws that require free potable water in such public places as movie theaters and amusement parks don’t seem to apply to airlines. But then, it shouldn’t have to be a law. It should just be a matter of common decency.
And when we talk about potable water, let’s not count the yucky water in a plane’s holding tanks. Not only does it taste horrible, some of it is contaminated, according to the EPA.
Now, I’m not saying US Airways should have to hand out free bottles of water, although that would be nice. I’m saying it should pour a cup of water out of a quart bottle for any passenger who’s thirsty. And for no other reason than that they’re thirsty.
Not because they’re sitting in first class. Not because they’re in “medical distress.” Not because they paid $2. Because they’re thirsty.
There’s a reason that giving water to a thirsty stranger is so often a metaphor for human decency, kindness and compassion. Maybe people shouldn’t have to rely on strangers. Maybe they should be prepared, should carry their own water, should shell out the $2 for a bottle of it.
But if they didn’t, you’d give a thirsty person some water if you had it. Right?
So would US Airways flight attendants. So should US Airways management.