Man uses ‘smart’ bottle hack to avoid paying for water at the airport
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    When jetting off on holidays, it can be easy to make a big dent in your budget before you even reach your destination.

    In fact, Brits have been known to spend around £350 at the airport, whether that's on food, drink or shopping out of boredom, so those costs can really add up. While you can bring your own food through security which can help make savings, where people often spend money is on drinks, and we're not talking about the pre-flight pint.

    Due to the 100ml liquids rule at the airport, passengers need to ditch their drinks before they go through security, which means having to buy fresh bottles of water, juices, soft drinks etc on the other side.

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    While each bottle may only cost £1-2, for a family of four that means spending a chunk of change just on drinks. Luckily, it seems there’s an easy way to ensure you all stay hydrated at the airport that’s completely free. TikTok user @IsThatMike03 posted his advice in a video on the social media site, dubbing the tip as his "favourite travel airport hack".

    In the clip, he showed himself taking a large 1.5l bottle through security – it was empty of water so didn’t count towards his liquid allowance. When he made it through to the airport’s shopping area Mike then approached a barman at a pub and asked him to fill the bottle with tap water. The staff member happily did so meaning that Mike got himself a totally free bottle of water to drink in the airport and on the plane.

    Mike said: "You've got to get creative with the money-saving ideas. Every time I travel by plane, I like to bring an empty bottle of water to take through the airport security. Once I'm on the other side, I find the nearest bar or restaurant and ask them to fill it up with tap water for me."

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    Mike noted the price of water at terminal shops and said: "The fact that they're overcharging for it is so crazy to me." The video has racked up over 45k views and thousands of likes with plenty of people praising the "smart hack" . In the comments, one person said that "the price of water, which we need to survive, is ridiculous".

    Others revealed they've been using the trick too. One passenger flagged that "some airports have refill stations to use too" to help save you some further cash, while a third added: "I have been doing this for years….. Especially now since they have the water bottle fillers!"

    As well as the free water, bringing your own meals can help keep costs down that little bit further. If you do choose to bring your own meals just be aware that some foods we would consider solid – like hummus – are actually classified as a liquid by airlines and need to be under 100ml.

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