An industry insider had advised travelers not to drink coffee on airplanes.
“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.”
“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.’”
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.”