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Never Order Coffee on Airplanes, New Study Says


Eleven airlines were polled about the nutritional value of their in-flight snacks and water tank procedures; airlines were asked about the key procedures used to clean water tanks, whether they check water tanks for contamination, and whether potable water systems are disinfected and flushed on a regular basis.

Hunter College’s study is supported by a study from the Environmental Protection Agency, which found that one in eight airplanes nationwide do not meet their standards for water safety, and that 12 percent of commercial planes tested positive for fecal bacteria in the tap water supply. That means the water you wash your hands with in an airplane bathroom and the hot water that goes into your tea and coffee may contain some sort of fecal bacteria.

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