While having a drink at the airport is an absolute must (6am Prosecco? Sure, why not), a new report claims there's one thing you shouldn't drink on board a flight.
Cabin crew have been sharing the surprising facts of air travel that none of us (probably) knew - and one in particular will make you view the drinks trolley in a whole new light.
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."
Their report claimed one in every eight planes fails the agency's standards for water safety, while the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA added:
"Water onboard is regulated under the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure safe drinking water on the aircraft. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA pushed for this regulation over 15 years ago. The regulation gives broad discretion to airlines on how often they must test the water and flush the tanks. AFA does not believe this regulation goes far enough or is sufficiently enforced."
And that's because not even the cabin crew know the cleaning schedule for the tanks where the water is kept. In fact, tests in 2013 found a high percentage of airplanes had bacteria in the water served on board. That's nice.
So next time you spot a member of cabin crew purchasing a cup of coffee before boarding a flight, you know why - and you might want to do the same. That said, usually flight attendants do offer still or sparkling water from bottles to customers on flight, so a glass of H2O should be fine - just not a drink from the tanks. Eeeek.