Should You Be Concerned About Airline Water Quality?

Should You Be Concerned About Airline Water Quality?

Some of the residential mold inspectors at AirMD, which provides comprehensive water quality testing and indoor air quality assessments in West Palm Beach and all of South Florida, are looking forward to getting away for a little skiing this winter. And it seems like almost everyone at our environmental testing company in Boca Raton is expecting a visit from friends or relatives who live in colder climes.

This is one of the busiest travel times of the year. If you’re among the millions of Americans who will be heading to the airport sometime soon, you may want to pay attention to a study released in September by the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center and

Airline Water Quality Testing

You wouldn’t think something like this would be necessary, but since 2011, airlines have been required to provide passengers and flight crew with safe drinking water under the federal government’s Aircraft Drinking Water Rule (ADWR). Unfortunately, the Airline Water Study 2019 reveals that you can’t rely on the quality of the drinking water when you fly. The quality varies by airline, but, according to the report, many airlines have possibly provided passengers with unhealthy water.

The study ranked 11 major and 12 regional airlines primarily based on the quality of water they provided onboard their flights. Criteria included things like:

  • fleet size
  • ADWR violations
  • positive E. coli water sample reports
  • positive coliform water sample reports
  • cooperation in providing answers to water-quality questions

“Alaska Airlines and Allegiant win the top spot with the safest water in the sky, and Hawaiian Airlines finishes No. 2,” says Charles Platkin, PhD, JD, MPH, the editor of and the executive director of the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center. The airlines with the worst scores are JetBlue and Spirit Airlines, the study shows.

To be on the safe side, the experts behind the study recommend that you:

  • NEVER drink any water on a flight that isn’t in a sealed bottle
  • Do not drink coffee or tea onboard
  • Do not wash your hands in the bathroom; bring hand-sanitizer with you instead.

Here at AirMD, a South Florida air quality and water testing company where our experts understand just how disturbing the results of the study are, we’re not going to let concerns about water quality testing stop us from hitting the slopes and we hope you don’t let it stop you from traveling this winter. We just plan on taking our own water bottles with us.

By AirMD | Posted in Water Quality Testing