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Travel Why you should never order ice on a plane

16:10  09 february  2018
16:10  09 february  2018 Source:   msn.com

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  • If you order ice on an airplane, there's a chance it could be riddled with bacteria. 
  • Ice is typically made from the plane's supply of tap water, which is kept in tanks that have been found to breed bacteria. 
  • Even flight attendants refuse to drink anything made with an aircraft's tap water.

There are plenty of things you should (and shouldn't) do to make sure your flight goes as smoothly as possible when you're traveling. One thing that should be at the top of your list of air travel don'ts? Ordering ice on the plane.

If you order ice in your beverage on a flight, there's a good chance the ice was made from tap water on the plane. According to a study from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in 2015, "aircraft water supply tanks are conducive for microbial growth," which means that anything that comes in contact with the plane's tap water could be contaminated with bacteria. 

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The opportunity for microbial growth is due in part to the fact that an aircraft's water tank is rarely emptied and cleaned. According to the study, tanks are only emptied and refilled when the plane is being serviced, when the water runs out on its own, or during the winter to prevent the tank from freezing.

The same study also found that long-haul flights have more bacteria than short-haul flights, and, according to NBC, EPA data from 2012 shows that one in 10 planes tested positive for carrying potentially harmful microbes in its water supply.

If scientific data wasn't enough, flight attendants also refuse to drink the tap water because of concerns about cleanliness. One flight attendant told Business Insider that in addition to water, airline workers also steer clear of coffee and tea, which are made with tap water.

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Whether you take it from experienced flight attendants or the hard scientific evidence, you're much better off sticking to bottled beverages and skipping the ice when flying. 

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