Cathay Pacific Airlines warned passengers not to brush their teeth using the washroom faucet after the bacterial level of water in 14 of their airplanes was found to have exceeded standards, affecting 10 percent of the airline’s fleet.
The 14 airplanes, which were bound for destinations including China, Japan, America and Australia, supplied an additional 60 to 80 1.5-liter bottles of water, and told passengers over the loudspeaker not to brush their teeth with the washroom faucet water, Apple Daily reports.
Some air attendants complained that the number of bottled water onboard was insufficient, especially on the 14-hour Boeing 777 long haul flight.
The Hong Kong Airport Authority said that it had already sent workers to clean the hoses of the airport’s three largest water supply stations and collected water samples for testing. The Hong Kong Department of Health also cleaned and sanitized water tanks of the 14 involved planes.
Some of the aircraft, including five Boeing 777 planes and five A330 airbuses, had only been in service for one to two years.
Cathay Pacific ranked third in overall performance and fourth for cabin hygiene in the 2015 World’s Best Airline Awards, released last week by the British aviation consultancy Skytrax.
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By Joyce Ng