Water on airplanes can be so dirty that a new study recommends not drinking it or even washing hands with it, The Washington Post reported. (Drink bottled water and clean with hand sanitizer instead.) Contaminants such as E. coli and coliform were found to be problematic on most regional airlines and also on some national carriers like JetBlue and Spirit in the study, which took seven years to conduct because the government keeps disjointed records. The issue stems from the fact that water systems on planes were designed to be used on the ground and weren’t modified to take the unique nature of in-flight water maintenance into account, the Post reported.


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