Why You Shouldn't Drink Water on the Airplane

While it’s important to stay hydrated when you’re in an airplane, travelers may want to think twice when choosing a drink from the beverage cart, especially if it involves anything with water. A new report reveals just how bad the water is on airplanes, and you may be a little grossed out after hearing the truth. 

The 2019 Airline Water Study ranks the quality of airline water on a score of zero to five, basing their Water Health Score on 10 criteria including fleet size, ADWR violations, positive E. coli and coliform water sample report and more, with a score of three or better indicating the water is relatively safe and clean. 

Overall, Alaska Airlines and Allegiant topped the list for the best quality drinking water, with a score of 3-point-3, with Hawaiian airlines in second with a 3-point-1. On the flipside, you may want to avoid water on both JetBlue and Spirit, which both scored only a one.

 Airline Water Quality Rating

  • Alaska Airlines: 3.3
  • Allegiant Air: 3.3
  • Hawaiian Airlines: 3.1
  • Frontier Airlines: 2.6
  • Southwest Airlines: 2.4
  • Delta Air Lines: 1.6
  • American Airlines: 1.5
  • United Airlines: 1.2
  • JetBlue: 1
  • Spirit Airlines: 1

So, what should travelers do to protect themselves from the water while flying? Well, the steps they should take are simple:

  • Don’t ever drink water on a plane if it doesn’t come from a sealed bottle.
  • Skip the coffee and tea aboard since it isn’t made with bottled water.
  • And don’t wash your hands in the bathroom, bring hand sanitizer with you instead.

Source: Newswise

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