Why You Should Avoid Drinking Tap Water on a Plane


Do you remember wanting to stay hydrated during a flight? With an increase in altitude and low moisture levels, it is logical to become dehydrated. The probable solution is to want some water during a flight. Sources have revealed some aviation industry secrets recently, which state that cabin crew members would not drink tap water in mid-flight. They would also probably not drink plain tea or even plain coffee, and the reasons are obvious, the use of tap water.

Why avoid tap water? It is said that tap water is the worst beverage on a plane you can ask for. It is reported that it is safer to stick to bottled water. The concerns regarding tap water are attributed to the water tanks not being cleaned regularly. This makes cabin crew members stay away from tap water, whether it is hot or cold.

This claim is supported by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA in the US which states that the assurance of safe drinking water on the aircraft is regulated under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA is said to have pressed for this regulation nearly 15 years ago.

Meanwhile, AFA is said to believe that this regulation is not adequately enforced. The regulation is inclusive of broad discretion to airlines on how often they would need to test the water and flush the tanks.

A recent EPA study has found 12% (or one out of every 10) of commercial planes in the U.S. with one positive test for coliform, a bacteria that is found in human faeces.  So, the next time you see tap water as a ray of hope on a long-haul flight, think again.

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