Long-haul flights can be really exhausting. And no wonder why a cup of tea or coffee comes as saviour for many. But before sipping it, do we even ponder a thought about how these beverages are stored and served? We sure most of us don’t.
But the next time you sip on your favourite cuppa while flying, here’s why you need to think
twice. While some claim that the water used to prepare tea or coffee absolutely safe on a flight, a
few crew members preferred to remain quiet. “The water used in the flights is safe to drink. It is transported through a water tank to the airplane tank. These tanks are cleaned at regular intervals, and a proper audit is done to check the hygiene of the water”, said a cabin crew member. When asked about the duration of these ‘regular intervals’ she was clueless.
“We too rely on the same water and have nothing special being served to us,” told a cabin crew officer in an exclusive interview. While a flight attendant agreed that they will avoid drinking coffee or tea prepared using plane’s tap water. According to a study done in 2015 in the International Journal of Environmental Research
and Public Health, “more microorganisms exist in the transport vehicles than in the water’s original source, thus transferring the organisms from truck to plane.” “We avoid drinking cold water from the tap but the hot water coming from the tap is absolutely safe to drink. This water is used to prepare tea and coffee for the passengers and is absolutely fine to drink,” said another member of the crew.
There are high chances that when water is in transit from water truck to plane, the bacteria is likely delivered while in transit. The same water is then used to prepare hot beverages, which are definitely not safe to drink. They not only expose us to various health issues but impact our immunity system too. And when it comes to infants, think twice before filling their water bottle with plane’s tap water. A study done by The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quoted that 13 per cent of water samples from 158 planes contained coliform. Coliform is a bacteria that can be responsible for causing diarrhea and vomiting.