Would you drink aircraft tank water?

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ChrisB

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Mar 2018

Total posts 15

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?!

Poll: Would you drink aircraft tank water

MRYJDrake

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 31 Oct 2016

Total posts 196

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.

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coastflyer Banned

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Member since 20 Jul 2019

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Originally Posted by ChrisB

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?!

Poll: Would you drink aircraft tank water

You approach an FA trying prepare the cabin for landing, and you wonder why they were 'irritated'?

Last editedby Chris Chamberlin at Oct 28, 2019, 01:45 AM.

Chris Chamberlin

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blingwad

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 04 Jun 2015

Total posts 72

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.

X

British Airways - Executive Club

Member since 24 Jan 2012

Total posts 83

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.

Last editedby X at Oct 28, 2019, 09:22 AM.

tommygun

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

Member since 16 Oct 2017

Total posts 122

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 ☺️

patrickk

Qantas

Member since 19 Apr 2012

Total posts 402

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.

tommygun

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

Member since 16 Oct 2017

Total posts 122

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."

aeromedic

Member since 06 Jun 2017

Total posts 6

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.

Buzzfuzz

Etihad - Etihad Guest

Member since 09 Jun 2019

Total posts 5

I once acquired a giardia infection from drinking tank water on Air Nauru. But no problem on "modern" airlines.

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