Tim White

What’s Wrong with Airplane Coffee?
What’s Wrong with Airplane Coffee?

Forbes magazine asks readers a question: “With all that free coffee and tea available to pilots and flight attendants, have you ever wondered why so many crewmembers can be seen boarding flights with their own cups of java?” It answers by citing a recent NBC investigative report that says unless you see water on a plane served from a bottle, you might want to avoid drinking it or the coffee and tea made from it.

NBC obtained documents from the EPA which show that years after it began a program to clean up airplane water, the problem of bacteria in the drinking water remains on a high percentage of flights. Although, according to the report, the EPA doesn’t have any confirmed reports of people getting sick from airplane water, experts warned that infants and those with compromised immune systems shouldn’t have airline drinking water.