Flying Overseas? How Healthy Is Your Airline Water?

by | May 3, 2021 | Water | 1 comment

United States publication, US Today, reported a random test conducted by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) revealed contamination by fecal coliform bacteria and e-coli in passenger plane drinking airline water. That’s not the kind of news you want to read when you’re flying overseas.

Do you know the quality of water you are airline water drinking from your tap?

Now you can drink the local water, with ice – including airline water – anywhere you travel. Using a compact, low-cost Sure Aqua products personal drinking water filter, you can fly anywhere overseas with your own pocket water filter slipped into your bum bag, handbag, or backpack gear.

It’s one of the standard overseas travel health warnings – don’t drink the water, including airline water.  Did you know around 40% of overseas travelers experience uncomfortable, often debilitating diarrhea for at least one day and up to four days as they travel?  Giardia Lamblia and Cryptosporidium are major travel health risks and the chief causes of diarrhea, also vomiting, and cramps.

How well, will you recover?

While healthy adults recover from Cryptosporidium within days, though it remains in the lower intestine for around 5-weeks, in children or those with weak immune systems, it can become severe, long-term, and even fatal.

Those at risk include international travelers, hikers, campers, and backpackers who drink from unfiltered, untreated water systems. Cryptosporidium cannot be destroyed by chlorine-based water disinfectants, except in prohibitive concentrations, making removal by water filters necessary and vital.

Giardia cysts can be present in wells and other drinking water systems, seemingly healthy spring water and pristine mountain streams (in the U.S., it has earned the name ‘Beaver Fever), and municipal reservoirs. Like Cryptosporidium, it cannot be destroyed by chlorination, also requiring filtration.

How much water should I drink?

Hydration is always important when you’re traveling, but even more so during long-distance airline flights. Because of this, rather than drink the stale tasting airline water, most travelers opt for taking or purchasing bottled water on board.  With Sure Aqua products, you can have a trusted supply of traveling water on hand without the expense and the growing strain on the environment caused by bottled water.

You’ve taken out travel insurance so why not back it up. For less than 1 cent a liter, you can substantially protect your health and avoid disappointment on your holidays.  For parents, it’s fantastic to know that with this small water filter tucked away in your pocket, and your children can enjoy healthy drinking water while you’re in-flight or on the ground. Then you only need to avoid the salad and other high-risk foods.

Be prepared when you travel especially drinking airline water

One of the best travel health precautions when you’re flying overseas is to ensure you have access to healthy water by carrying a Sure Aqua products water filter straw.

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