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Most major airlines serve passengers in so unsafe water that you don't even have to wash your hands - let alone drink, a new study finds

Water aboard most major airlines is not safe enough to drink or even wash your hands with, new research results – and Spirit and JetBlue are among the worst offenders

  • The shocking discovery was made by Hunter College NYC Food Policy Canter and DietDetective.com, which investigated the water quality of 23 US airlines
  • The study, which evaluated 10 major and 13 regional airlines, gave a 0-5 score, with 5 being the best, based on 10 criteria
  • And their findings are hard to swallow, with most airlines supplying their passengers with unhealthy water
  • Serving unhealthy water is contrary to the Federal Government's ADWR, which was implemented in 2011 and requires airlines to provide everything on board with safe water
  • Alaska Airlines and Allegiant received the highest Airline Water Health Score from the major airlines, which each share a score of 3.3 out of five
  • The worst offending airlines turned out to be Spirit and JetBlue, both of which could only achieve an alarming score of one
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Most major airlines serve passengers so unsafe water that you don't even have to wash your hands with it – let alone drink, a new study finds.

The shocking discovery was made by Hunter College NYC Food Policy Canter and DietDetective.com, which investigated the water quality of 23 different US airlines.

The study, which evaluated 10 large and 13 regional airlines, gave a 0-5 score, of which 5 was the best, based on 10 criteria, including & # 39; fleet size, Aircraft Drinking Water Rule (ADWR) violations, positive E. coli and coliform water sample reports and cooperation in answering questions about water quality. & # 39;

And the results are hard to swallow: most airlines provide their passengers with unhealthy water.

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Most major airlines serve passengers in so unsafe water that you don't even have to wash your hands - let alone drink, a new study finds

Most major airlines serve passengers in so unsafe water that you don't even have to wash your hands – let alone drink, a new study finds

Alaska Airlines and Allegiant received the highest Airline Water Health Score from the major airlines, which each share a score of 3.3 out of five

Alaska Airlines and Allegiant received the highest Airline Water Health Score from the major airlines, which each share a score of 3.3 out of five

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Alaska Airlines and Allegiant received the highest Airline Water Health Score from the major airlines, which each share a score of 3.3 out of five

Serving unhealthy water is contrary to the Federal Government's ADWR, which was implemented in 2011 and requires airlines to provide all passengers and flight crew with safe drinking water.

Alaska Airlines and Allegiant received the highest Airline Water Health Score from the major airlines, which each share a score of 3.3 out of five. Hawaiian airlines came in second place with a ranking of 3.1.

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The worst offending airlines turned out to be Spirit and JetBlue, both of which could only achieve an alarming score of one.

The results conclude that almost all regional airlines, with the exception of Piedmont, have poor scores and various ADWR violations.

The worst offending airlines turned out to be Spirit and JetBlue, both of which could only achieve an alarming score of one

The worst offending airlines turned out to be Spirit and JetBlue, both of which could only achieve an alarming score of one

The worst offending airlines turned out to be Spirit and JetBlue, both of which could only achieve an alarming score of one

The Airline Water Study 2019 has also shown that the Environmental Protection Agency – one of the federal agencies responsible for safe drinking water for aircraft – rarely imposes fines on airlines that violate ADWR.

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The study even awarded a "Shame on You" Award, which went directly to the EPA because of the "very poor response time and the lack of cooperation in answering detailed questions" regarding the violations.

For passengers planning in the near future, the study authors recommend that you never drink water on board that is not in a sealed bottle; do not drink coffee or tea on board; and do not wash your hands in the bathroom, take hand sanitizer instead. & # 39;

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