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What’s the Most Annoying Drink You Can Order on a Plane? The Answer Might Surprise You

posted: 08/11/17
by: Amanda Mushro

When you're on a plane and hear those familiar words "The Captain has turned the seatbelt sign off," you know it won't be long before you'll be able to settle back with a drink and bag of peanuts that has been expertly delivered by your flight attendant. But now flight attendants are spilling secrets about the drink order that drives them crazy.

Experienced flyers will tell you to stay away from ordering tea or coffee while on a plane because you might end up with tummy trouble mid-flight, but it's your Diet Coke order that irks your flight attendant.

According to Travel and Leisure, a post on a popular flight attendant blog explained why Diet Coke is a no-no on a plane. First a little science: "The aircraft cabin is not pressurized to sea level, but rather to the equivalent of about 7 or 8 thousand feet. This means some passengers might feel a little light headed or that alcohol effects them almost twice as much as it would on the ground," the author says this explains why Diet Coke is different in the air too, "It also means soft drinks foam up a lot more when poured out of a can. The worst culprit for this is Diet Coke."

So while you might be craving a Diet Coke on your flight, you and everyone that orders the drink could be slowing down drink service, "I literally have to sit and wait for the bubbles to fall before I can continue pouring." So it is a chain reaction all for one drink, "If all 3 passengers ask for diet coke I'll often get them started, take another three drink orders, serve those, and then finish the diet cokes."

Luckily, quick thinking flight attendants have created a hack for this Diet Coke problem, and there is even a demo on how to make pouring Diet Coke on a plane a little less time consuming.

If Diet Coke is your drink of choice and you can't make it through your flight without it, hopefully your flight attendant knows this trick or just hands you the entire can and a cup of ice.