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Air travel can be exhausting.

So, it's no surprise that after long queues, unavoidable delays and tedious stopovers, many of us opt for a quick caffeine hit once we take our seats onboard.

However, according to some insiders, this probably isn't the best idea.

While speaking to Vice, a member of cabin crew for a major American airline urged passengers to opt for bottled water if they are in any way squeamish.

"Don’t drink the coffee on airplanes. It’s the same potable water that goes through the bathroom system," they 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,” the flight attendant added. “So, avoid any hot water or tea. Bottled and ice is fine, of course."

Echoing this point, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA told Business Insider that regulations within certain airlines could be considered lax.

"Water onboard is regulated under the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure safe drinking water on the aircraft,” they explained. “The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA pushed for this regulation over 15 years ago."

"The regulation gives broad discretion to airlines on how often they must test the water and flush the tanks. AFA does not believe this regulation goes far enough or is sufficiently enforced."

However, Alison McAfee, spokesperson for the industry group Airlines for America, is keen to highlight the rigour with which these regulations are imposed.

"The airline industry is subject to the Aircraft Drinking Water Rule which requires rigorous processes to ensure onboard water systems are regularly disinfected and that clean drinking water is available."

We'll opt for a G&T to be on the safe side, we think…

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British Airways are urging customers to contact their banks and/ or credit card providers after personal data was stolen from their website and mobile app. 

Issuing a statement, the airline explained that they are investigating the situation as a matter of urgency. 

"From 22:58 BST August 21 2018 until 21:45 BST September 5 2018 inclusive, the personal and financial details of customers making or changing bookings on our website and app were compromised," they wrote. 

"The breach has been resolved and our website is working normally. We have notified the police and relevant authorities."

The company have stated that they will contact all affected customers directly and will fully reimburse them as well as pay for a credit checking service. 

"We are deeply sorry for the disruption that this criminal activity has caused. We take the protection of our customers’ data very seriously."

The stolen data did not include travel or passport details. For more information, click here

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As exciting as it is to fly away from rainy Ireland, boarding an airplane does come with its annoyances.

From flight delays to crying children and rotten plane food, there's a lot to complain about, but one of the most common things to irk passengers is when the person in front reclines their seat.

Of course, if you fly frequently then you've no doubt done it once or twice, but it's when a passenger insists on reclining their seat for the entire flight; then you have a problem.

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Well, in a series of experiments by New York-based law professors Christopher Buccafusco and Christopher Jon Sprigman, the duo discovered that people would pay on average $18 (€16) to stop the person in front of them reclining their seat.

Another interesting finding is that people would be prepared to even buy on-flight snacks and drinks so they could have the comfort of more space.

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The study found that 78 per cent of passengers are open to taking snacks or money off other passengers.

"Most airlines still hand out free drinks, and sometimes little bags of pretzels. Maybe instead they should charge for them and allow passengers to purchase them for one another," the study said.

"Everyone wins. Seat recline space is efficiently allocated. Airlines are marginally further from bankruptcy. And no one gets punched in the face.”

 

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If you have an early-morning flight it might be a bit too much to lash down the vino before 9am.

Therefore, you (begrudgingly) ask for a tea or coffee when the air hostess comes around.

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However, anyone who has tasted coffee on an airplane will know that it's no barista style americano…

According to Travel & Leisure, the reason tea and coffee tastes so different (i.e. rank) on planes is because of the water they use – and it can't be avoided.

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It's understandable that the water in the tanks on board isn't the purest, but the publication reports that "an EPA report found that 12 percent of commercial airplane water tested positive for coliform bacteria, which usually indicates other gut-rocking bugs like E.coli are present."

Ew.

Well, there's one more reason to stick to the prosecco when flying…

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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Going away on your holliers is probably one of the best experiences.

The excitement builds as you wake up early and head to the airport, and the minute you reach the plane, you can finally forget about all the bothersome things happening at home.

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Ah, relaaax.

But wait, what's that? Ouch… Yep, someone is kicking your seat.

Whether it's a child who doesn't know any better or an adult kneeing you in the back, it's super annoying and frustrating.

And it looks like many agree with us, as a recent survey by Expedia has found that a 'Rear Seat Kicker' is the most annoying thing to happen to you when flying.

But of course, that's not the only troublesome thing that someone can do while on a plane. According to the New York Post, here are the top ten major irritants:

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1. The Rear Seat Kicker (64 percent)

2. Inattentive Parents (59 percent)

3. The Aromatic Passenger (55 percent)

4. The Audio Insensitive (49 percent)

5. The Boozer (49 percent)

6. Chatty Cathy (40 percent)

7. The Queue Jumper (35 percent)

8. Seat-Back Guy (35 percent)

9. The Armrest Hog (34 percent)

10. Pungent Foodies (30 percent)

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It's a great thing when you find something you love and it ends up being your job.

It's what everybody wants – but unfortunately not everyone can achieve it, except for this female pilot.

 

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Maria Pettersson is from Sweden and is a stunning Ryanair pilot.

It's clear that she loves her job and in a recent post on her blog, she said: "Once you have tasted flying you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards- if this is true, you know aviation and flying is for you."

 

Fly as Air, Flow with Water. Happy mind = Happy life Island Life before work

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And not only does her blog show off stunning scenes from the pilot's cockpit, but her Instagram account displays what the life of a pilot is like – and people can't get enough of it.

Full of shots from inside the plane, her work wardrobe and some of the stunning destinations she flies to, it's easy to see why she has more than 180,000 followers.

 

Great crew have great days together Yesterday with this amazing team flying to Rome and Pisa

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One fan wrote on her page, "You are beautiful and can be anything you want but never give up flying. I love your positive, crazy, have fun attitude!"

Another said, "You're IG is becoming my online happy place," and another fan wrote, "You are an inspiration… Showed this to my daughter and told her that she can be anything she can put her mind to."

 

Selfie with my metal bird. Wish you all a great start of the week

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Are you as obsessed as we are now?!

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Selma Blair was met with paramedics and a stretcher after she had a sudden outburst on a plane on Monday.

According to TMZ, the mother was flying first class with her son and his father, when she was spotted mixing something with her glass of wine.

Minutes later, she started screaming, and saying quite disturbing things such as, "He burns my private parts," and "He's going to kill me."

 

We're leaving on a jet plane. Dad is already asleep. Not for long. Bwahahahha . #fathersdayweekend

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When the plane landed, Selma was rushed to hospital for emergency care.

Today, however, the actress released a statement apologising for her behaviour.

"I made a big mistake yesterday. After a lovely trip with my son and his Dad, I mixed alcohol with medication, and that caused me to black out and led me to say and do things that I deeply regret.

"My son was with his Dad asleep with his headphones on, so there is that saving grace," she said.

"I take this very seriously, and I apologise to all of the passengers and crew that I disturbed and am thankful to all of the people who helped me in the aftermath.

"I am a flawed human being who makes mistakes and am filled with shame over this incident. I am truly very sorry."

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If you didn't get a chance to fly away this summer, fear not!

Many of us have a case of wanderlust (but don't have the bank account to match,*sob*).

A new study carried out by Expedia has found the best day and time to buy flight tickets at a bargain price. Yipee!

The report analysed the costs of booking both domestic and international flights and the results show that it might be time to mark off dates on your calendar.

The study found that if you book your tickets on a Friday, Saturday or Monday, they will be over priced as these are typically the days when airlines charge the most. 

Instead, go for a Tuesday to secure your seats. 

And it seems to be all down to timing too as the survey found that you can save up to €250 on international flights if you book 171 days in advance.

If you're heading on a domestic flight, you could pocket up to €50 by booking 57 days ahead of take-off too!

We think it's time to get your bank card and passport at the ready!

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