Flight Attendant Reveals What You Should Never Drink On a Plane
Maybe order wine, instead?

Ever since Gordon Ramsay said that he would never (ever, ever, ever) eat plane food, we've been hesitant to pick up a fork onboard a flight.

"I worked for airlines for 10 years, so I know where this food's been and where it goes, and how long it took before it got on board," he told Refinery29.

But if having to fast for hours on a flight wasn't bad enough (although Gordon suggests eating a light meal of cheese and ham before takeoff), we now might have to go caffeine-free, too.

Flight attendants have been sharing the surprising facts of air travel that none of us (probably) knew—and one in particular will make you view the drinks cart in a whole new light.

One flight attendant told Business Insider: "Flight attendants will not drink hot water on the plane. They will not drink plain coffee, and they will not drink plain tea."

And that's because not even the cabin crew know the cleaning schedule for the tanks where the water is kept. In fact, tests in 2013 found a high percentage of airplanes had bacteria in the water served on board.

The bacteria found was Coliform, which most likely won't make you sick, however, it could indicate that harmful E.Coli is present as well. Business Insider reached out to the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which gave the following statement:

"Water onboard is regulated under the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure safe drinking water on the aircraft. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA pushed for this regulation over 15 years ago. 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."

So perhaps your best bet is to just stick with something more fun, like wine!

From: Good Housekeeping

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