If you’ve got an early morning flight or you’re struggling to stay peppy during a longer journey, a cup of coffee can make all the difference.
However, you may want to buy your hot beverage at the airport rather than waiting for the cabin crew to make their way down the aisle with steaming pots of coffee or tea.
That’s because one flight attendant has revealed a pretty disgusting secret about the coffee served on planes, and to be honest we’re not sure we’ll ever be able to drink it again.
In fact, it’s not good news for tea drinkers either, as it’s all to do with the water that’s being used when flight attendants serve hot drunks from the trolley.
An anonymous flight attendant told Vice : "Coffee. Don’t drink the coffee on airplanes. It’s the same potable water that goes through the bathroom system. "
Essentially, they’re saying that what passengers are drinking is toilet water. Which is pretty grim.
If you thought it couldn’t get any worse, think again.
They then claimed: "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."
Considering they also described the plane bathrooms as "the most disgusting places on the planet", we’re quickly starting to think that it might be easier to kick our caffeine habits than we believed.
Of course this doesn’t mean that all airlines are serving up contaminated water, or that it’s not safe to drink when you’re on board.
But it’s still a pretty grim thought.
If you really can’t make it through the morning without a coffee, you can always pop into the airport café pre-flight and pick up your coffee/tea there.
Or of course there are plenty of other drinks and snacks on offer on board – but if you want to avoid annoying the cabin crew, make sure you don’t order a diet coke.
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