It’s no secret that coffee doesn’t taste the same on planes. But there’s another reason why you might want to avoid a hot beverage the next time you fly.
A flight attendant has revealed that the water used for coffee can contain E.coli bacteria.
The anonymous flight attendant ‘Betty’ told Vice that the water used for coffee is the same water that supplies the plane’s toilets.
“Don't drink the coffee on airplanes. 'It’s the same potable [safe to drink] water that goes through the bathroom system,” she said.
“We recently had a test for E. coli in our water and it didn’t pass, and then maintenance came on and hit a couple buttons and it passed.
“So, avoid any hot water or tea. Bottled and ice is fine, of course.”
However, a spokesperson for Easy.Jet airlines told Femail Food & Drink that there is no chance for cross-contamination due to the system’s plumbing design.
“This is common place amongst most aircraft manufacturers and airlines. Fresh water is loaded onto the aircraft daily.”
However, this is not the first time that the safety of water on commercial airlines has been called into question.
An American Airlines flight attendant told Travel & Leisure that the water tanks in planes “are probably only cleaned out every six months to a year'”.
Furthermore, a flight attendant claimed on an AskReddit thread that the coffee container on their airline wasn’t washed every day.
“The coffee is absolutely disgusting because no one washes the container that goes out every morning,” they said.
The person also claimed that they’re not given proper cleaning supplies.
“We pretty much just rinsed it out and dumped coffee into it,” the person added.