Donít drink the (on board potable) water

Old Sep 19, 19, 10:36 am
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Donít drink the (on board potable) water

Not specific to UA, but they did score near the bottom when their onboard water storage was tested.

https://www.sfgate.com/travel/amp/ai...y-14446746.php
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Old Sep 19, 19, 10:45 am
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I haven't had any drink that relies on aircraft potable water tanks in decades.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 10:49 am
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I drink a ton of coffee, but saw this today. Will have to switch to soda.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 10:54 am
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Wouldn't they be using bottled water for the coffee?
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Old Sep 19, 19, 10:56 am
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I use the bottle of water provided in Polaris Business to brush my teeth on my long haul international flights. No coffee for me. Just Champagne and sparkling water (not in the same glass.....).
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Old Sep 19, 19, 10:58 am
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Originally Posted by SuperFlyBoy View Post
Wouldn't they be using bottled water for the coffee?
Nope. Those coffee makers are hooked up directly to the aircraft's potable water tanks.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 12:17 pm
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Some airlines do use bottled water. I saw it recently. Must have been on Bangkok Airways or Air Asia X, not entirely sure.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 12:45 pm
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Originally Posted by StuckinITH View Post
I use the bottle of water provided in Polaris Business to brush my teeth on my long haul international flights. No coffee for me. Just Champagne and sparkling water (not in the same glass.....).
I usually just brush my teeth when I get to my destination, just before taking a nap (to help with jet lag). But if I do brush my teeth on board, yeah, I'm going to use the bottled water too.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 12:49 pm
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Maybe better to link to the source document:

https://www.dietdetective.com/airline-water-study-2019/

One of the variables in their model is "Cooperation in water investigation", which is highly subjective and allows the modeler to fudge the results any which way they want.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 12:49 pm
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Originally Posted by speed.skater View Post
Some airlines do use bottled water. I saw it recently. Must have been on Bangkok Airways or Air Asia X, not entirely sure.
Plenty of airlines, including United, have bottled water on their carts. They pour this when you ask for a glass of water. They do not pour this into the coffee makers back in the galley.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 1:06 pm
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Since we dont see ppl getting sick in droves it is probably not dangerous or there are inline filters. That being said onboard coffee tastes awful and only to be consumed in extreme desperation...
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Old Sep 19, 19, 1:41 pm
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Originally Posted by bart889 View Post
Maybe better to link to the source document:

https://www.dietdetective.com/airline-water-study-2019/

One of the variables in their model is "Cooperation in water investigation", which is highly subjective and allows the modeler to fudge the results any which way they want.
That's not even the source document. There's no real description of the methodology. Or actual test data.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 1:55 pm
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This is what I use onboard:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/produc...hbrush/mf-wisp

Water is not necessary.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 2:21 pm
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On a UA flight now. Just asked the FA if they used the airplane potable water for coffee and tea. She said yes.

But then again, we don't see widespread sicknesses correlated to individual aircraft, so I don't really care.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 2:33 pm
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Here is the link to the actual study.

https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/airline-water-study-2019/
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