The Odd Reason Your Flight Won’t Take Off Without A Working Coffee Maker

It’s a little-known fact that many flight delays are caused by seemingly trivial mechanical failure – like broken coffee makers.

Yes, coffee makers. In fact, you very likely have experienced a delay or cancellation because your flight’s coffee maker was on the fritz. It’s actually Federal Aviation Administration policy that if a plane’s coffee maker is malfunctioning, it needs to be inspected or fixed before takeoff.

But why?

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The answer is actually not about coffee at all. The FAA requires coffee makers to have specific safety features like wire insulation and circuit breakers to prevent electrical fires. If a crew member notices that the coffee maker isn’t behaving, the machine must be fixed before the flight can leave. The last thing crew want to happen in midair is an electrocution or fire.

Astoundingly, this is a common cause of delays. In fact, airlines typically spending thousands of dollars on replacing coffee makers to reduce delays, according to the New York Times.

Plus, you can imagine how annoying it would be to fly across the country without access to java in the air. Making sure the coffee maker works is clearly a safety and sanity issue.