Why is it difficult to get a good cup of tea on an airplane? I might get in trouble here from my colleagues but, most flight attendants do not serve good tea. It’s one of those things low on the priority list. It doesn’t help that we’re given plastic carafes to put the hot water in. It’s unfortunate because tea and travel make sense to me! Take these quotes for instance:
Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors. ~Alice Walker (I love a picnic on the airplane)
Tea is a cup of life. ~Author Unknown
Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage. ~Catherine Douzel
Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world. ~T’ien Yiheng
And, one my Irish ancestors would agree with:
Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea. ~Author Unknown
So how do you get a decent cup of tea while traveling by air? You’ll need to take matters into your own hands and BYOT!
- Invest in and bring your own travel mug! David’s Tea has an amazing selection of stainless steel and glass travel mugs.
- Bring your own tea and don’t forget the caffeine free for helping you through jet lag.
- If possible stop off at Starbucks or similar and ask for hot water before your flight. They probably won’t charge you but, since I’m usually in uniform or have my airline ID, I’m not sure if it’s just a courtesy? What you could do is purchase your bottled water for your flight and ask for hot water and I bet you don’t get charged.
- While you’re at Starbucks grab whatever you’ll need, sugar in the raw, cream, honey or milk to add to your on board cup of tea. I actually travel with my daughters old Klean Kanteen stainless baby bottle for this reason. Any small leak proof container will do, just remember to bring it through security empty.
- If you have a long flight and want to relax on board with a nice cup of tea ask the flight attendant for hot water and they will bring you a cup. Do not try to hand them your travel mug as most will not touch passengers belongings due to germ exposure.
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