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The EPA Confirms: Airplane Water is Gross

Recent reports divulge that the water on airlines has been found to have coliform and E. coli - or as they are more commonly known: fecal bacteria. Gross!

Now the interesting parts are that we are supposed to keep hydrated while flying and we are no longer allowed to bring bottled water on the plane. Ah, the irony.

    Here are some tips to stay hydrated while flying without drinking airplane water:

  • First and foremost, always ask for bottled water.
  • If you like to brush your teeth before landing, you may want to save some of your bottled water for your routine.
  • Skip the ice -- most Europeans prefer sans ice and you've always wanted to be a little more Euro.
  • Skip the coffee and tea -- it's not really all that good in the first place.
  • If there is no more bottled water available, stick to low sugar juices -- that way you are still hydrating yourself but not getting the caffeine or artificial sugars found in colas.
  • If you're determined to drink the plane water -- You may want to invest in a Watersafe Kit to use before you sip it.


Join The Conversation
stone_soup stone_soup 10 years
Oh dear! Then again, I haven't died from it. ____________________________________ Don't tick me off. Or you'll get it.
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Oh, I think the ice is fine. It's not like they make it on the plane. But, yeah....I def would not drink coffee or tea.
KWM KWM 10 years
ugh - I fly all the time and drink ice in my drinks all the time. Ew. I just got sick to my stomach.
girly_girl girly_girl 10 years
I agree, coffee and tea on planes suck! I just bring my own bottled water.
sarahelca sarahelca 10 years
Ew! Then again, I stopped getting ice while ago after some high school kid did a study and found no one (restaurants, homes, businesses) clean out ice machines which make them a breeding ground for bacteria
DStirk DStirk 10 years
so gnarly! flying is getting to be such a horrible thing. Remember the days when you could meet people at the gate?
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 10 years
Ha ha, Peep. No more airplane ice for me!
peepshow peepshow 10 years
Bring it on! The more my body is introduced to bacteria, the stronger it gets. I'm morbidly set on that idea. Not that I go seeking fecal bacteria...
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
That. is. nasty. I always got bottled water I think, but definitely no more ice. :sick:
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
AJS AJS 10 years
No more airplane ice for me. That is disgusting!
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