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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    The dangers of having hot drinks on aeroplanes


    Having hot drinks on aeroplanes can expose you to all kinds of risks. If you suffer an accident whilst flying you may be eligible for compensation. Here are some of the dangers of drinks on aeroplanes.

    Dangers of having hot drinks on aeroplanes

    The most obvious risks of having hot drinks on aeroplanes include:

    • Drinks being splashed all over you while being passed from one person to the next
    • Someone bumping into tray tables and spilling scalding hot drinks on you
    • Flight turbulence causing hot liquids to spill or splash from freely rolling or toppling serving trolleys

    Hot drinks on aeroplanes do, however, also carry some less obvious risks.

    Hidden risks of hot in-flight drinks

    A study* published by journals.plos.org in January 2017 revealed that water used in both hot and cold drinks on planes frequently contains a number of potentially harmful bacteria, including:

    • B. pseudomallei, a highly pathogenic bacterium responsible for causing melioidosis, or Whitmore’s disease
    • BCC (Burkholderia cepacia complex), which can cause infections and lung decline in cystic fibrosis patients

    Other pathogens capable of spreading antibiotic resistance and/or causing infections (especially in vulnerable individuals like people suffering from pre-existing illnesses, children or elderly passengers) found included:

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    • Acinetobacter baumannii
    • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    • Pseudomonas fluorescens
    • Ralstonia pickettii
    • Stenotrophomonas maltophilia and/or
    • Sphingomonas paucimobilis

    While this study did not detect any coliform bacteria in the samples tested, tests conducted by the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) revealed that tanks in many planes do contain this type of bacteria. Although coliform bacteria may not necessarily cause passengers to become ill, its presence may indicate that more serious bacteria like, for example, E. coli, could also be present.

    Hurt on a plane

    If you were hurt on a plane journey, be it by hot drinks or food poisoning bacteria, you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. An in-flight slip, trip or fall or being hit by falling objects could also mean you are eligible to claim.

    Helpful advice

    You can get helpful advice on making personal injury claims from our experienced, friendly Accident Advice Helpline advisors. Manning our freephone helpline 24 hours every day of the year, our advisors are exceptionally sympathetic and sensitive to callers’ individual needs.

    Trained to effectively and speedily assess your claim eligibility and chances of success, they can also offer you the services of our in-house personal injury specialists. You will not be under any obligation to take them up on this offer. To maximise your chance of success, we do, however, recommend doing so.

    Helpline numbers

    Learn more by calling our advice line. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your UK landline or mobile phone now.

    Date Published: March 13, 2017

    Author: SM Content

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