The One Thing You Should Never Drink On A Plane

According to a flight attendant.
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Ever since Gordon Ramsay said that he would never (ever, ever, ever) eat plane food, we've been hesitant to pick up a fork on board a flight.

"There's no fucking way I eat on planes," he told Refinery29. "I worked for airlines for ten years, so I know where this food's been and where it goes, and how long it took before it got on board."

But if having to fast for hours on a flight weren't bad enough (although Gordon suggests eating a light meal of cheese and ham before takeoff), we now might have to go caffeine-free, too.

Flight attendants have been sharing the surprising facts of air travel that none of us (probably) knewand one in particular will make you view the drinks trolley in a whole new light.

One flight attendant told Business Insider: "Flight attendants will not drink hot water on the plane. They will not drink plain coffee, and they will not drink plain tea."

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And that's because not even the cabin crew know the cleaning schedule for the tanks where the water is kept. In fact, tests in 2013 found a high percentage of airplanes had bacteria in the water served on board.

So next time you spot a member of cabin crew purchasing a cup of coffee before boarding a flight, you know why. And you might want to do the same.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors. 

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