Ewwww. Don't drink hot tea or coffee on planes anymore.....
I usually drink hot tea. I won't anymore. Ick isn't strong enough of a word for this.
Warning: Read This Before Drinking Water on a Plane
Hold the water, please! Next time you're on an airplane you might want opt for a bottled beverage. According to the New York Daily News, 12 percent percent of airplane water tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2012 contained coliform. While that particular kind of bacteria isn't known for making people sick, its presence typically indicates that more harmful bacteria are also floating nearby. Luckily most airlines use bottled water for the drink cart, but coffee and hot tea are often made with the water from the airplane's tank. The EPA launched a program to stop the bacteria problem in 2004, when it was found that 15 percent of planes (that's one in every 10) had bacteria-contaminated water. And since then the number has only dropped 3 percent. While all water has some bacteria in it and chances are most people won't get sick as a result of drinking from the airlplane tank, the EPA hopes to improve the number. "I would say that's still a high percentage. I think there is more that needs to be done. So we're expecting to see further improvement by all the airlines in the county," stated Bill Honker, deputy director of theWater Quality Protection Division, EPA Region 6.