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‘Don’t drink the coffee on airplanes,’ flight attendant warns

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 13/01/2018 JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ

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Airline chow is infamous for being inedible, but one beverage is worse, according to an industry insider.

“Don’t drink the coffee on airplanes. It’s the same potable water that goes through the bathroom system,” an unidentified flight attendant “for a major American airline” revealed to Vice.com.

“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,” the flight attendant added. “So, avoid any hot water or tea. Bottled and ice is fine, of course.”

That said, sipping bottled water could lead you to use the plane’s bathrooms, which the anonymous stew called “the most disgusting places on the planet.”

To find "the most disgusting places on the planet" go to an airline bathroom. © Artur Debat/Getty Images To find "the most disgusting places on the planet" go to an airline bathroom.

“There’s no way these people act this way in their normal lives,” the source added. “But they get on a plane and go, ‘Cool, I’ll just pee all over the floor and dump my peanuts right on the ground.’”

But if flight attendants catch you doing something annoying, being too demanding or needy, they have their ways to get revenge, the “sky mole” (Vice’s term) confessed. “Usually, I spend the majority of my time just ignoring them.”

The source also says that contrary to what many believe, traveling all the time for work is not so cool. “It’s not nearly as glamorous as people let on,” the stew said, “but you figure that out pretty quickly.”

Asked about the sky mole’s in-flight coffee warning, Alison McAfee, spokesperson for the industry group Airlines for America, said that she couldn’t speak to this particular remark.

“However, what we can say is that the safety of our passengers and crew remain the airlines' primary focus, which includes the provision of clean drinking water,” she told the Daily News.

“The airline industry is subject to the Aircraft Drinking Water Rule,” she added, “which requires rigorous processes to ensure onboard water systems are regularly disinfected and that clean drinking water is available.”

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