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Flight Attendant Warns Travelers To Never Drink Coffee Or Tea On Planes
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Flight Attendant Warns Travelers To Never Drink Coffee Or Tea On Planes

Recently, a flight attendant named Kat Kamalani made a TikTok to convince people never to ask for anything on a plane that has hot water.

Suggesting only canned or bottled beverages, Kat said that most flight attendants rarely drink coffee or tea on planes themselves, since both are made with the same hot water from the coffee maker machines which, according to her, “are rarely cleaned unless they are broken.”

Her video has received nearly 3 million views, and people have been discussing this topic ever since it aired.

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@katkamalaniJust promise me you won’t 🤢 ##flightattendantlife ##travelhacks ##traveler ##cleaninghacks ##influencers ##foodhack♬ original sound – Kat Kamalani

Flight attendant Kat Kamalani thinks passengers should never ask for anything on a plane that has hot water

Image credits: Kat Kamalani

Image credits: Kat Kamalani

Image credits: Kat Kamalani

Image credits: Kat Kamalani

Image credits: Kat Kamalani

Image credits: Kat Kamalani

Image credits: Kat Kamalani

Image credits: Kat Kamalani

“I’ve been a flight attendant for almost 6 years!” Kat told Bored Panda. “You just learn these things while flying for your job”

“I would advise people to try to bring their own water and snacks if they are flying! Especially if they have a certain diet restriction.”

Image credits: Kat Kamalani

Image credits: Kat Kamalani

Image credits: Kat Kamalani

Image credits: Kat Kamalani

Image credits: Kat Kamalani

Image credits: Kat Kamalani

An aircraft flies to numerous destinations and may pump drinking water into its tanks from different sources at both domestic and international locations. The water quality onboard also depends on the safety of the equipment used to transfer the water, such as water cabinets, trucks, carts, and hoses.

Unhealthy water violates the federal government’s Aircraft Drinking Water Rule (ADWR), which was implemented in 2011 and requires airlines to provide passengers and flight crew with safe drinking water.

And it appears to be working. The number of ADWR violations by all airlines in 2018 was significantly less than the number in 2012, the first year after the ADWR was enacted. For major airlines, violations have decreased 69% (262 to 81), while violations among regional airlines have decreased 71% (351 to 103). However, some experts think the decrease might reflect a lack of enforcement by the EPA, which has issued few penalties in recent years.

A 2019 airline water study, for example, reported that many airlines continue to violate the ADWR.

And every now and then, water samples test positive for E. coli and coliform bacteria. JetBlue and Spirit — the major airlines that performed worst in the study — had a high number of ADWR violations.

“To be extra safe,” the researchers said the same thing Kat did in her TikTok: travelers should not drink coffee or tea on board, and “never drink any water on board that isn’t in a sealed bottle.” After using the bathroom, they also suggest travelers use hand-sanitizer.

Here’s what people said after watching her video

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

Frankly, this has been posted all over and over again by pretty much anyone in the airline industry who has a social media account. Someone putting it on TikTok provides no novelty at all. Besides, I would not trust what a flight attendand says on this topic but rather ask a technician who operates the tanks, a cleaner who cleans (or not cleans) the machines, or even better a microbiologist. And ideally, I woulod look for a scientific study. Lo! Handschuh, H., O'Dwyer, J., & Adley, C. C. (2015). Bacteria that Travel: The Quality of Aircraft Water. International journal of environmental research and public health, 12(11), 13938–13955. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph121113938 Thus, known since at least 1995 that you should not drink airplane tank water or whatever is made from it.

Jonathan
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I hate all these fame hungry wannabes that Tik Tok is producing by the thousands. This information has been posted all over the internet in about a billion and one articles and more for literally years and years.

Lev Pertsov
Community Member
1 year ago

This is garbage. Millions of people drink tea and coffee on planes and nothing ever happens.

Katchen
Community Member
1 year ago

Don’t you remember that waterborne outbreak that infected hundreds of airline passengers? No? Oh wait, neither do I.

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

Frankly, this has been posted all over and over again by pretty much anyone in the airline industry who has a social media account. Someone putting it on TikTok provides no novelty at all. Besides, I would not trust what a flight attendand says on this topic but rather ask a technician who operates the tanks, a cleaner who cleans (or not cleans) the machines, or even better a microbiologist. And ideally, I woulod look for a scientific study. Lo! Handschuh, H., O'Dwyer, J., & Adley, C. C. (2015). Bacteria that Travel: The Quality of Aircraft Water. International journal of environmental research and public health, 12(11), 13938–13955. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph121113938 Thus, known since at least 1995 that you should not drink airplane tank water or whatever is made from it.

Jonathan
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I hate all these fame hungry wannabes that Tik Tok is producing by the thousands. This information has been posted all over the internet in about a billion and one articles and more for literally years and years.

Lev Pertsov
Community Member
1 year ago

This is garbage. Millions of people drink tea and coffee on planes and nothing ever happens.

Katchen
Community Member
1 year ago

Don’t you remember that waterborne outbreak that infected hundreds of airline passengers? No? Oh wait, neither do I.

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