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The Latest Foolish Idea From San Francisco — Banning Plastic Water Bottles At The Airport

Excerpted from the Pacific Research Institute’s blog

San Francisco has most recently been known more for its quality of life problems and lack of affordability than the home of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

You would think that city officials would be doing everything they can to lure both tourists and business travelers back to the City by the Bay.

Apparently, San Francisco’s reputation as being the fourth most expensive city in America, having the world’s fifth-worst traffic congestion, and its out-of-control homeless problem were not enough.  It now wants to start annoying travelers the moment they land in San Francisco.

San Francisco International Airport recently announced that, starting on Aug. 20, the airport’s shops and restaurants may no longer sell plastic water bottles.

In a troubling display of government officials trying to dictate people’s beverage choices, there is even an “SFO approved water bottle list” on the airport’s website, which lists in painful detail the brands and packaging of water that are approved for sale at the airport.

According to the airport, only “reusable water bottles, recyclable aluminum, glass and certified compostable water bottles can instead be provided or sold” after Aug. 20.

Airport spokesman Doug Yakel told the San Francisco Chronicle that, “we’re the first airport that we’re aware of to implement this change.”

Read the rest of this article at the Pacific Research Institute’s Right By The Bay blog.

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  • I’m a bay area resident and I own properties here. I am very glad to see this new policy. Finally some government is taking a step to ban plastic bottles. I think plastic bottles and straws should be banned period. Also, I’m very proud of sf being one of the most expensive cities in the world. That’s how we keep dump people like this writer out of our city. Please don’t travel to our city. Our economy is powered by smart people in tech and bio, the people who make things happen, not some blog writers. Feel free to move to Nebraska. It’s very cheap there 😂

    • Good thing you are keeping so many “dump people” out of your city just think of how bad the homeless situation would be if you weren’t.

  • Good for you San Francisco. Sorry to hear the author thinks saving the planet from tons of pollution will be an inconvenience



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