Don’t drink the water in the mile-high club — or even wash your hands in it.
A shocking number of airlines don’t provide passengers with clean water, according to the 2019 Airline Water Study from the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center and DietDetective.com.
The study evaluated 23 airlines by the quality of water provided on board its flights — using 10 criteria, including levels of coliform bacteria and E. coli — and gave each one a “water health score” on a 0-to-5 scale (Zero is the worst and 5 the best).
JetBlue and Spirit Airlines performed the worst (each logging a score of 1), while Allegiant, Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines proved their agua is the best. In fact, the latter three were the only major carriers studied to nab scores above 3. Piedmont Airlines, which runs American Eagle flights, was the top regional carrier, with a score of 4.33.
Err on the side of caution, the study authors said. To avoid possible illness, never drink any water on board that isn’t in a sealed bottle and avoid coffee or tea. Don’t wash your hands in the airplane bathroom either; instead, carry on a bottle of hand sanitizer.
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