Flight attendants, required to work long hours with little rest and to battle unruly passengers with oversize carry-on bags, must now deal with another midair hazard: exploding coffee filters.
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a safety alert to all airlines warning that packages of coffee grounds enclosed in filters have burst while coffee was being brewed in commercial planes.
The FAA has recorded about a dozen coffee explosions in the last 10 years, causing first- and second-degree burns to flight attendants and passengers.
Just before the coffee pouch bursts, flight attendants might see water overflowing from the brewer and hear a hissing sound, the FAA warned. It said that when flight attendants lift the coffeepot handle, the hot grounds can splatter on the face, neck, hands and arms of anyone nearby.