Next time you hit the skies and a food trolley wheels on past, you might want considering striking this beverage off your list of possibilities.
One US flight attendant revealed the ugly truth behind what exactly your sipping on when you order this particular drink off menu – and it ain’t pretty.
Surprising, the liquid in question is not alcoholic or even anything that fancy, it’s simply good old-fashioned H20. Not the bottled kind, the tap water used to make tea and coffee.
Chatting with Business Insider, the flight attendant said the reason being this water is stored in large tanks and not even the cabin crew know the last time said tanks were cleaned. Because of this, bacteria could be present and so it increases the risk of contracting a water-borne illness.
"Flight attendants will not drink hot water on the plane," the crew member said. "They will not drink plain coffee, and they will not drink plain tea."
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA in the US seemed to corroborate her story.
“Water onboard is regulated under the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure safe drinking water on the aircraft. 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,” it said in a statement to Business Insider.
Moral of the story? Say no to tap H20.