While some frequent fliers may extol the taste of a bloody mary or just plain tomato juice at 35,000 feet, the best thing to drink is a lot more boring.
Travelers would be well-advised to opt for water when debating options from the drink cart. As tempting as a free soda or in-flight cocktail may be, water is unsurprisingly the best option for battling dehydration, dry skin, and headaches from the cabin pressure and circulating air.
Make sure it’s bottled water.
Earlier this year, flight attendants revealed that the water tanks on airplanes are cleaned sporadically, at best, and they will rarely drink water from a plane.
A study from the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that one out of every eight planes in the U.S. doesn’t meet the agency’s standards for water tank cleanliness. And about 12% of tested aircraft had at least one positive test for coliform, a bacteria commonly found in feces.
For those who believe bottled water is too boring an option, Southern Living suggests a “mocktail” of seltzer water and a splash of cranberry juice. Not only does it have the carbonation and flavor of a soft drink, but offers (at least a little) additional Vitamin C from the cranberries.