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Even if you are one of the more than 3.5 billion people in the world who have flown on a plane, you probably haven’t taken the time to really consider what all happens on a plane [1]. According to a number of flight attendants and pilots, there are plenty of things you probably don’t know about airplanes and the airline industry. To clear the air, here are 15 dirty secrets shared by those who work in the industry.

1. Regardless of how thirsty you are, do not ever drink the water or anything that uses water.

Dirty water

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Here’s the thing. All of the water stored on an airplane is kept in huge holding tanks that are rarely cleaned, meaning they can easily accumulate tons of disgusting grime over several years. Even when they are cleaned, it is almost impossible to get every nook and cranny. In other words, stick with bottled water and just say no to any coffee or tea.

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