Eating plane food isn’t everyone’s favourite choice, especially if you’re in economy, now flight attendants are warning against drinking the water on board as well.
We usually look to flight attendants for comfort; if they freak out, you probably should too, as they know exactly what’s happening in the cabin at all times.
In less dire circumstances, observing what they eat and drink should be taken into consideration as well.
There’s a very specific reason why you may never see a flight attendant drinking the plane’s coffee or tea.
The water boiled on board is FULL of bacteria claims a flight attendant who spoke to Business Insider, saying that “Flight attendants will not drink hot water on the plane. They will not drink plain coffee, and they will not drink plain tea.”
It’s because the water filters on board are allegedly not changed enough and therefore can develop harmful bacteria such as salmonella and in some cases, insect eggs have been found in the tanks.
One reddit user named gruntman had this to say about the disgusting process behind the airplane’s water filtration system,
“Do not EVER drink water on an aircraft that did not come from a bottle. Don’t even TOUCH IT. The reason being the ports to purge lavatory sh*t and refill the aircraft with potable water are within feet from each other and sometimes serviced all at once by the same guy.”
The stats accompanying these accusations are even more alarming, the EPA (Environmental Protection Authority) discovered that 1 in every eight planes fails the agency’s standards for water safety.
Why does this happen? Plane water passes through many stages before it finally gets to the aircraft, meaning that in all these exchanges there are multiple chances for contamination and when it’s finally heated for coffee or tea, the temperature usually isn’t hot enough to kill ALL that bacteria.
While multiple airlines dispute these claims, the stats are still worrying and worth considering next time you step onto a plane.
Perhaps buy your coffee before you get on; insect eggs people, insect eggs.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.