Air travel can be tiresome with all the long queues, flight delays, and lengthy stopovers.
So it’s no wonder many of us need a quick hit of caffeine to help us power through it. Once we have taken our seats on board, the offer of a tea or coffee is sometimes irresistible.
However, according to inside knowledge, this might not be the best way to get your caffeine fix.
A cabin crew member of one of the major American Airlines was recently interviewed by Vice and shared a bombshell that will likely have you choosing a bottle of water instead, especially if your squeamish or a clean freak.
“Don’t drink the coffee on airplanes. It’s the same potable water that goes through the bathroom system,”
“We recently had a test for E. coli in our water and it didn’t pass, and then maintenance came on and hit a couple buttons and it passed,” the flight attendant added. “So, avoid any hot water or tea. Bottled and ice is fine, of course.”
She is not the only one to point out how lax regulations are within certain airlines. the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA told Business Insider:
“Water onboard is regulated under the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure safe drinking water on the aircraft. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA pushed for this regulation over 15 years ago.”
“The regulation gives broad discretion to airlines on how often they must test the water and flush the tanks. AFA does not believe this regulation goes far enough or is sufficiently enforced,” she added.
In their defense, a spokesperson for the group Airlines for America highlighted how in fact these regulations are actually heavily imposed:
“The airline industry is subject to the Aircraft Drinking Water Rule which requires rigorous processes to ensure onboard water systems are regularly disinfected and that clean drinking water is available.”
We’ll be opting for a can of coke (or a gin and tonic!) to be on the safe side.