If you’re on an airplane and the food cart comes by — should you order any drinks?
One flight attendant told Business Insider, “Flight attendants will not drink hot water on the plane. They will not drink plain coffee, and they will not drink plain tea.”
A 2004 EPA study found that 1 in every 8 planes fails the agency’s standards for water safety.
An investigation in 2012 by NBC 5 found that the water safety on airplanes may not be much safer than it was when the EPA conducted sample tests in 2004.
While most airlines now serve bottled water on their beverage carts, many airlines still make coffee and tea with water that comes from a tank on-board. That tank is filled at airports in all different cities. And sometimes the hoses used to fill the tanks are filthy.
Next time you are on a airplane, drink bottled water.