This story bubbled up through my timeline yesterday, and it falls under the general heading of “I should have known that, but…”:
At this point, experienced travelers (and germaphobes) know they should never ask for a cup of coffee or tea on an airplane, but this week, Travel + Leisure revealed that there’s another drink order that annoys flight attendants intensely: Diet Coke.
The reason for their displeasure with the low-cal cola? It takes too long to pour.
No, it’s not an issue of viscosity, either:
According to flight attendant blog These Gold Wings, pressure in the plane cabin affects all soda, but none so much as Diet Coke. “As you may know, 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 affects them almost twice as much as it would on the ground. It also means soft drinks foam up a lot more when poured out of a can,” explained the blog’s author, who goes by the pseudonym “Jet.”
“The worst culprit for this is Diet Coke. I literally have to sit and wait for the bubbles to fall before I can continue pouring. 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.”
For those who didn’t know — including me, until this writing — this is how it’s done:
Before you ask: I assume Pepsi is okay.
(Via Jeff Quinton.)