Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 21 Mar 2018
Total posts 20
As we were getting the cabin ready for landing on a recent QF94, I went back to the galley and asked for my water bottle to be filled up.
I was unfortunate to get a very irritated FA, who used the tank water tap, instead of using the larger bottled water which they normally do. She said the water was all stowed so couldn't get to it. What she should have just said is she couldn't be bothered..
Question. Would you drink the water from a tank on an aircraft?!
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 31 Oct 2016
Total posts 206
If you were getting ready to land, and so bothered by aircraft tank water, you should have just gone back to your seat and waited until you landed.
I guarantee you drink the potable water more than you think you do.
Member since 20 Jul 2019
Total posts 14
Originally Posted by ChrisB
You approach an FA trying prepare the cabin for landing, and you wonder why they were 'irritated'?
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,118
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Member since 04 Jun 2015
Total posts 74
I would and i do. The crew on board drink it too, only a few days ago i was having my water bottle filled from the ''tank'''and the FA filled hers at the same time. Put some mint in it too spare from the cocktail they were serving was quite nice. Unless you get a sealed bottle given to you i would assume its probably from the tanks. There is nothing wrong with it.
British Airways - Executive Club
Member since 24 Jan 2012
Total posts 88
The tank water is generally safe to drink. Airlines conduct regular checks of the water filling stations, and equipment used to service aircraft to avoid bacteria entering the tanks. It's common practice for small amounts of chlorine to be added.
Most airlines have a no uplift list for their short haul network. If the water is of poor quality they'd rather return fill at their hub.
All things considered it's ok to drink. I don't due to taste rather than health reasons. But if you drink the tea or coffee, you already regularly do.
Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles
Member since 16 Oct 2017
Total posts 244
I won't drink it, too many variables that could produce a trip-spoiling illness. For me it's like salads and fish dishes in certain places - why take the risk. Boring I know âºï¸
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 725
My bottle is mostly filled up from the tank. The only time they use bottled water is when they have too much like they did on my flight the other day and 100 didn't make connection. Some times they fill from a larger bottle which was probably topped up from the tank. Some airlines try to reduce both weight and waste.
Is it time to reference Winston Churchill - "The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learned to like it."
Member since 06 Jun 2017
Total posts 8
Of course I would. Potable water is perfectly safe. Your bottled water supplier does not provide water that is safer. It's just without taste. Sampling on bottled water shows that it's got the same content as tap water, but without chlorine or fluoride.
Etihad - Etihad Guest
Member since 09 Jun 2019
Total posts 11
I once acquired a giardia infection from drinking tank water on Air Nauru. But no problem on "modern" airlines.
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