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#1 of 7 Old 01-03-2006, 02:16 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm 6 months pregnant, and just got back from a holiday trip to Asia to visit my husband's family in Singapore and Bali. My MW said it was ok for me to fly as long as:

1. I walked around a lot.
2. I drank plenty of water.

I brought 2 liters of bottled water on each flight with me. The flights were between 8 and 14 hours each. Two flights there and two flights back. So I was spending over 20 hrs in the air each way. It was brutal. On all the flights, I was able to get the stewardess to fill up my water bottle when I had finished my first 2 liters.

On the last flight coming home (from Tokyo to the U.S.) on Continental, I had my 2 liters of water. When I finished it, I asked for one refilled and the stewardess REFUSED ME WATER!!!

I made an effort my whole trip to drink purified water (even brushing my teeth with it in Bali) because even harmless bacteria to them would be foreign to me, etc.

This stewardess basically said that they could run out of water, and they couldn't give me any bottled water etc etc. I told her my MW told me I had to stay hydrated and my waters could break if I got dehydrated. She told me there was nothing she could do!!!

So my DH went back and complained and they finally allowed him to fill it up from the tap water on the plane. We were nervous about this, because we had heard that tap water on the airline is unsafe. However, we thought that maybe that just applied to the water in the bathroom sink (you'd have to be CRAZY to drink out of those nasty places anyhow) so we took it and I drank that.

Now that i'm home, I've had loose stools and varying degrees of diahrrea for the last 4 days. Sorry if this is TMI, but I'm freaked out. I read online that 17% of airlines failed water inspection of the tap, Continental being one of the worst offenders. The airlines often fill up their water from the taps in whatever country they are in from the runway, and sometimes have up to 16,000 times the amount of microbes considered safe in the U.S.

So I guess I need to make a doctor's appt. and get a stool sample checked?! I'm so pissed, because this is the last thing I want to worry about right now.

I feel like Continental basically gave me no choice. Either risk dehydration and your water breaking, or risk getting some kind of bacterial infection/parasite.

If I had known that water would ever be in shortage on a 11 hr. flight, I would have brought 5 liters with me. i just thought bringing 2 was a lot to bring, and that they could supply the rest.


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I've never heard of such a thing. That's ridiculous! I'd be really mad too. And I'd go to the mw just to get it all on record and have them check you out. That would really, really make me mad. Hope you feel better soon. How about writing a letter to Continental to let them know all the details? I think it's medically irresponsible not to mention totally customer un-friendly.

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That's awful! : I would definately write a letter! Do you have any of the water left? You could have it tested...I'm sure they're not supposed to serve customers tainted water.
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That is terrible! I would definitely write a letter and include a note from your midwife as well (stating that she had found you perfectly healthy to fly, and reiterating the medical reasons for staying well-hydrated.)

ugh- hope you are feeling better soon!
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I would be calling & writing, and probably threatening them with a lawyer, or the media. :

She had no right to deny you water...its their job, and that is ridiculous of the idea that they will "run out". They serve juice, coffee, booze, etc on the plane but cant spare the h20? Give me a break. I am sure they also had bottled/canned water available too! I hope you have her name...

I would not expect that kind of service on an international flight. Obviously get tested for parasites, and if you have any leftover water in the bottle, get that tested too. I am really sorry.

Oh, and I will make sure not to fly Continental!
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I would be calling & writing, and probably threatening them with a lawyer, or the media. :
Me too. :
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I'm with Len. That's awful! I just flew continentalAnd I *know* they had bottled water and Oj that they left out for most of the flight next to the galley for us to help ourselves. And I'm pretty sure the bottled water *did* run out. They should be stocking more water and less caffeinated soda.
You could have just rung the flight attendant every 10 minutes to pour you another cup of h2o.
I hope you feel better.

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