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The Gross Reason Why Flight Attendants Never Drink Hot Drinks During Flights

 

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There’s a reason why you don’t see the cabin crew drinking coffee. Max Pixel.

You may hear that some flight attendants never drink hot water during a flight. The reason why they do this is they’re on duty. When it is their turn to have a break, they would quaff cup after cup of coffee are in the cubbyholes for flight attendant somewhere in the plane. However, this really isn’t the case according to one flight attendant,

In the interview with Business Insider, a flight attendant said that they, flight attendants would not neither drink hot water nor drink plain coffee and plain tea during a fight. What is the reason? The answer, offered by the EPA, is quite disgusting.

The water used for hot drinks on flights, instead of coming from bottles,actually comes directly from the tap. It was found in the study on the water carried out by the EPA in 2004 that 12.6 percent of the samples contained coliform, which was an indicator of how much fecal matter contained in the material, so it would determine the sanitary quality of foods and water.

It was confirmed in the study that when there existed both total coliform and E.coli, it indicated that other disease-causing organisms, for example, pathogens, might be present in the water and could potentially affect public health.

To make things worse, it was also found by the EPA from its examination of 158 planes that two of them were tested being positive for E.coli, which could be the cause of diarrhea and stomach cramps.

As Business Insider reported, because one in eight planes could not live up to their standards for water safety, some flight attendants would refuse to lay their hands on the stuff.

Based on such studies, the EPA altered their standards in 2009 accordingly and airlines were forced to use water sources following FDA guidelines. As stipulate, airlines must also disinfect their water and test their water at least once a year.

It is unfortunate that the new rules have not implemented satisfactorily. In 2012, the EPA had more tests, which had turned out similar results as before. Nearly 12 percent still tested positive for coliform, though only 0.5 percent contained E.Coli, That was reported by NBC 5.

Why does such thing happen time and again? In 2015, it was found in a study released by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that there was more bacteria in the trucks delivering the water than in the original water source.

If you think heating the water would get rid of any disease, you might be wrong. think again. In the interview with NBC 5, Brenda Wiles environmental scientist said, the heating could kill some of the organisms, but it would not kill the majority of them. So you are kindly suggested that during your next flight, if you want to have a drink, you maybe just stick to ordering orange juice.

Source: Business Insider

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