A woman drinks water on an airplane
Millions of people around the world use air travel every year. We can’t even imagine traveling today without planes. Airlines are committed to ensuring that passengers use their services without risk. However, new studies are officially warning that everyone should avoid drinking water on a plane that isn’t in a sealed can or bottle.
The number of passengers around the world is increasing year by year. Airlines try to keep their transport aircraft on the ground for as little time as possible. They make money on those planes that practically don’t stop. Hundreds of passengers sit, sit, sleep and eat in the same place every day. Thus, aircraft can be a source of many bacteria and viruses. Studies have now revealed that the source of hazards is not only surface areas, but also water tanks in aircraft.
Flight attendants are careful
When asked if they serve coffee or tea on board, most flight attendants will likely give you the same answer – they don’t. Every flight attendant knows that there is no time left to clean the water tanks. It’s the US study that proves flight attendants right. Drinking water quality varies from airline to airline, and many may provide passengers with substandard water.
This water then reaches passengers from several sources. Passengers use it to wash their hands in the toilet, flight attendants use the water from the tank to make tea and coffee, and even save it for heating baby food or making instant porridge for babies.
The first type: It is best to buy bottled water to take with you on the plane at the airport, after going through the control device.
Hand washing is not without risks
The study even claims that passengers should avoid washing their hands with water in plane toilets and should choose to sanitize instead. There are two main risks involved in hand washing, which are causing disease or infection by inhaling droplets from contaminated water or entering the body through cuts on the hands.
In the past, many US airlines have tested positive for E. coli and coli bacteria, which can cause very serious illnesses.
contaminated water on the plane
Contaminated water enters the aircraft in several ways. Sometimes, accessories such as hoses, water tanks, or cars with tanks are to blame. Other times, the water source itself is an issue. This can be collected in any city where the plane is currently located. Bacteria also grow in the tank itself if it is not maintained enough.
The search focused on airlines in America. It has surveyed 11 major airlines and 12 regional airlines. Alaska Airlines and Allegiant ranked best. Hawaiian Airlines had the second cleanest water among US airlines. When it comes to airlines with the worst water ratings, low-cost carriers JetBlue and Spirit come last.