Why you shouldn’t have coffee on a flight
IF YOU thought airline food was bad, this latest revelation about coffee will be enough to stop you drinking the caffeinated beverage when flying ever again.
In a recent interview with Vice, an unnamed air hostess has said that aside from the bathrooms, the most disgusting thing on a plane is the coffee.
"Coffee. Don't drink the coffee on aeroplanes," the hostess, dubbed "Betty" advises. "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.
"So, avoid any hot water or tea. Bottled and ice is fine, of course," she says.
It's probably not a bad idea to avoid coffee and tea during a flight - as it may lead you to need to use the plane's toilets, which the air hostess calls the "most disgusting places on the planet".
"It's crazy how dirty people are on planes," she told Vice. "They aren't aware they're in a public space and there're other people around them."
"There's no way these people act this way in their normal lives, but they get on a plane and go cool, I'll just pee all over the floor and dump my peanuts right on the ground."
"Betty" isn't the first flight attendant to speak out about the quality of water on planes. In October, "Jenny" (also not her real name), told Time that she personally won't drink the tap water aboard because the storage tanks are rarely cleaned.
"I just don't always trust the cleanliness of the aircraft and the testing of it," she said.
According to the publication, a 2015 study printed in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that water tanks on aircraft are "conducive for microbial growth".
In 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US tested water aboard aeroplanes and discovered that "tap water on 12 per cent of commercial aeroplanes in America tested positive for coliform at least once", according to Time. Coliform is the bacteria found in human faeces and while harmless, can indicate the presence of far more sinister bacteria - such as E. coli.