What should you order when you’re flying? Short, domestic flights are okay–you can avoid drinking and eating for a couple of hours. But what about long-haul international flights?
Food and drink become an essential part of your air travel–drinks more than food, actually. Can you count the number of tea and coffee cups you’ve crushed during that 10-hour flight on your previous vacation? As it turns out, warm water, tea and coffee are the worst-possible things you can feed yourself in-flight.
“Flight attendants will not drink hot water on the plane. They will not drink plain coffee, and they will not drink plain tea,” a flight attendant told Business Insider.
Why? Because it is the worst, most unhygienic water you can expect to have. We’re not talking about the bottled water here. We’re talking about that water that’s in the jug, which they heat up and pour in your tea and coffee cups. That water, according to various global sources, is tap water from the flight, and not bottled water. So, the water they pour in your disposable glasses from the bottle is fine, but the one that’s getting heated up inside that jug is not.
According to a report in BI, an investigation has discovered that airplane tap water was tainted with Salmonella and even insect eggs! An EPA (Environment Protection Agency, US) study found that one in every eight planes fails the agency’s standards for water safety. And that’s in the US; you can only imagine the safety standard in India.
So, the next time you even think of ordering tea in-flight, please ask the flight attendant which water he/she has poured into the jug for your drink.