PORTLAND, OR — For many travelers, the term “airplane coffee” conjures up the image of a bland watery black liquid that’s served above 10,000 feet. But when SE Portland resident Gretchen Mezzo took a sip of her favorite beverage this morning, the expression took on a new level of meaning.
“I mean, every cup of coffee is a magnet for free-floating debris — cat hair, dust,” explains Mezzo. “But you never wake up and expect to find the answer to a mystery that’s captivated the world, just floating there.”
The airplane in Mezzo’s coffee cup was quickly identified as Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which had gone missing — believed to be hijacked — more than a week ago, on March 8th, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing. The whereabouts and fate of the plane had remained a mystery until this morning.
Scientists say that coffee has many healthy benefits to the human body. However, scientists also advise that excessive consumption can have unhealthy side effects.