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Flight Attendant Reveals Why You Should Never Drink Coffee On An Airplane

It's no secret that plane food isn't the most appetizing cuisine in the world. If I'm honest, the most I've ever been able to stomach is just the solitary bread roll on the side. Just the smell of whatever concoction has been made in the air is enough to make me hurl (which is never good during turbulence).

But then again, how could food that's partially cooked on the ground then kept in a freezer for up to five days and then heated up at 20,000 feet ever taste good?

And more importantly, what exactly are you eating and drinking when you're in the sky?

Well, to put you off in-flight cuisine for life, you're about to find out.

Firstly, if you know you're going to have to at least try and eat the plane food, it's a good shout to bring your own seasoning and none of the flight attendants on board will judge you for it. Promise.

Prof Barry Smith, of the Centre For The Study Of Senses at University of London, told the Daily Mail, "The environment of an aircraft is about the most hostile to having a good dining experience that you could imagine."

"With humidity below most deserts, being in the air affects the way we taste."

"So bringing an extra sachet of salt might not go amiss."

You're going to need that extra seasoning anyway as most plane food is cooked between 12 and 72 hours before you eat it.

Professor Peter Jones former professor of travel catering from Surrey University, told the Mail, "It can be kept in a chilled stage for five days under the internationally recognized food hygiene standards."

The food is pre-prepared so that it can be kept at temperatures of five degrees celcius in the air.

While there's no doubt that this is disgusting in and of itself, the process of making tea and coffee on airplanes is worse.

Most people assume that when they order tea or coffee on a plane that it's made with bottled water. They couldn't be more wrong.

Now a flight attendant by the name of "Betty" has revealed that it's actually the same water that's used in plane toilets.

Betty wished to remain anonymous when she revealed this information to Vice so that she wouldn't lose her job, but made a point of stressing: "Don't drink the coffee on airplanes."

"It's the same potable [safe to drink] water that goes through the bathroom system," she said.

"We recently had a test for E. coli in our water and it didn't pass, and then maintenance came on and hit a couple buttons and it passed."

"So, avoid any hot water or tea. Bottled and ice is fine, of course."

A spokesperson for the airline Easy Jet confirmed Betty's revelation, but they said that there was absolutely no risk of cross-contamination "due to the system's plumbing design."

"This is commonplace amongst most aircraft manufacturers and airlines. Fresh water is loaded onto the aircraft daily."

Either way, I think I'll wait to get my caffeine fix on the ground in future.