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Old November 26th, 2009, 06:01 PM   #21
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Old November 26th, 2009, 10:09 PM   #22
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I don't like flying unless I've had something to drink.
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Old January 7th, 2010, 05:06 PM   #23
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United Airlines pilot admits being over alcohol limit while on the job
5 January 2010

LONDON (AP) - A United Airlines pilot who was pulled from his trans-Atlantic flight to Chicago shortly before takeoff pleaded guilty Tuesday to being above the alcohol limit for flying a plane.

Erwin Vermont Washington, of Lakewood, Colo., was removed from United Airlines Flight 949, which was scheduled to fly from London's Heathrow Airport to Chicago in November, after a co-worker suspected him of being drunk.

Prosecutor Kevin Christie said two policemen spoke to Washington about the concerns and performed a breath test especially designed for aviation staff, which he failed. He recorded a reading of 31 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath. The legal limit is nine micrograms.

The flight was canceled and the plane's 124 passengers were put on other flights.

A blood test performed shortly after the breath test also showed that Washington had 50 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood. The limit for pilots is 20 milligrams. the legal limit for driving a car is 80 milligrams.

The 51-year-old pilot pleaded guilty at Uxbridge Magistrates Court near London and was released on unconditional bail. He will be sentenced Feb. 5.

United Airlines said in a statement that the pilot has been removed from service duty during legal proceedings and the company's own investigation.

Washington's lawyer, Chris Humphreys, said the pilot was remorseful.

Referring to similar cases, Humphreys said an American Airlines pilot who recorded a reading of 39 milligrams of alcohol was given a fine last July, Another pilot who had 60 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood was given a suspended sentence.

Britain's Crown Prosecution Service said the maximum sentence for aviation staff being over the legal limit for flying is two years in jail and a fine.
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Old January 9th, 2010, 06:44 AM   #24
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I don't like flying unless I've had something to drink.
Me too... I have problems with anxiety and panic attacks, so I always get a little tipsy before I fly... or at least pop a couple of klonopins.... lol
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Old January 9th, 2010, 12:24 PM   #25
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Me too... I have problems with anxiety and panic attacks
I have those only when I'm having dinner with my girlfriend's parents .
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Old January 11th, 2010, 03:50 PM   #26
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Unruly passenger causes scare on US passenger jet

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Two F-16 fighter aircraft were dispatched to escort a passenger aircraft to an emergency landing in Colorado on Friday after an apparently intoxicated passenger became unruly, AirTran Airways said in a statement.

The Boeing 737-700 aircraft had 132 passengers and a crew of five when it took off from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 9:48 a.m./1448 GMT en route to San Francisco. It landed safely in Colorado Springs at 11:55 a.m./1655 GMT, the AirTran statement said.

The FBI was on the scene in Colorado Springs and overseeing the law enforcement response, it said.

The male passenger was traveling from Richmond, Virginia, the airline said.

The fighters were dispatched by the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region (NORAD), it said.

An attempted bombing of an Amsterdam to Detroit flight on Christmas Day has raised fears of further attempts and prompted a spate of airline security scares that have shut down airports and stranded jittery passengers.
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Old February 24th, 2010, 05:04 AM   #27
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Pilots under official surveillance for drink, drug problems
24 February 2010
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New Zealand's aviation watchdog says it has some airline pilots under surveillance for alcohol or drug abuse, but can't say how many, or whether they are still flying.

Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Bill Sommer said late yesterday that the agency's medical unit knew of ``a few'' Air New Zealand pilots who had reported their own alcohol or drug problems, or been reported by the airline as a legal requirement.

But CAA's medical unit would need to examine its records to determine how many pilots were being watched, and what variations may have been made to their operating licences.

The problems were mainly alcohol related, he said.

Although Mr Sommer said he knew only of Air NZ flight crew brought to the agency's attention, TV3 reported last night that one Pacific Blue pilot was on the CAA watchlist.

Pacific Blue could not be reached for comment last night.

Air NZ, which is furious over criticism from a senior police officer in an internal memo of ``what appears to be a drink drive problem'' in its ranks, is not saying whether a pilot caught driving while two and a half times over the legal alcohol limit is still flying its passenger aircraft.

When he was stopped by a booze bus in May 2007, it was the fourth time he had been caught drink driving.

Airline spokesman Mark Street said yesterday that this was ``a long time ago'', and the airline was prevented by employment constraints from disclosing whether the pilot still flew for Air NZ.

But TV3 reported last night that internal police memos it had received under the Official Information Act showed the pilot was one of three employees whose drink-drive transgressions had been reported to Air NZ by the police.

Police at one point raised concerns with Air NZ about the pilot's welfare, as he appeared ``depressed and upset'' that he was going through a marriage break-up.

Superintendent John Kelly, head of the Waitemata road police, said in a memo to his national office in December that Auckland police had processed four Air NZ staff for drink-drive offences.

These included the pilot, two aircraft mechanics and a flight attendant, who is challenging her dismissal before the Employment Relations Authority.

The authority has heard the case, but has yet to reach a verdict. The woman is understood to have gone overseas.

Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union secretary Andrew Little said yesterday that police acted outside the law in telling the airline about one of the mechanics, who has since resigned from Air NZ.

The union has complained to the Privacy Commissioner and the Independent Police Complaints Authority about the cases.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 03:37 PM   #28
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India catches 57 pilots over alcohol limit, only grounds 11

NEW DELHI, March 11 (Reuters) - India's airline authorities caught 57 pilots over the alcohol limit about to take to the cabin of passenger-carrying jets over the past two years, but most were cleared to fly again, media said on Friday.

Only 11 of the pilots found to be under the influence of alcohol in random pre-flight medical tests between January 2009 and November 2010 lost their job, the Times of India newspaper said, citing a statement by Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi to lawmakers.

The rest were hit with varying punishments determined by their airline, such as warning letters or a fine.

To combat the rising number of inebriated pilots in India's skies, authorities brought in a rule last year grounding first-time offenders for three months and stripping the flying licence from repeat offenders.

Since the rule came into effect in December, a month when cases have traditionally peaked, no cases have yet been reported.

Reports of Indian passengers complaining of poorly behaved pilots are not uncommon. Two years ago, national carrier Air India grounded two pilots and two cabin crew after a four-way fracas in the passenger cabin left the cockpit unmanned mid-flight.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 08:26 PM   #29
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Hasn't everyone been drunk on a flight before?
That's my usual routine! Vodka bitter lemon all the way!
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Old March 18th, 2011, 12:34 PM   #30
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U.S. passenger plane pilot accused of flying drunk

DENVER, March 17 (Reuters) - The first officer of a United Express flight has been indicted on charges of piloting a commercial airliner while drunk during a flight from Austin, Texas, to Denver in December 2009.

The federal grand jury indictment, returned late on Wednesday against co-pilot Aaron Jason Cope, 32, of Norfolk, Virginia, gave no details of the alleged incident other than to say that United Express Flight 7687 was operated by Shuttle America, Inc.

Jeffrey Dorschner, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver, gave no information about how or why Cope was suspected of flying under the influence, except to say that:

"During the flight, the pilot had concerns."

Dorschner said the plane was not being flown erratically. A source close to the case said, "Passengers were never in danger."

U.S. Attorney John Walsh said special agents of the U.S. Transportation Department's Office of Inspector General, who investigated the alleged crime, "are in the process of locating Cope."
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American Airlines pilot charged with drinking before Detroit flight
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March 28 (Reuters) - An American Airlines co-pilot was charged on Monday with drinking before a weekend flight out of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, prosecutors said.

John Maguire, 50, was in the cockpit for the Philadelphia-bound flight on Saturday morning when he was detained, Maria Miller, assistant prosecuting attorney of Wayne County, Michigan, said.

Maguire, from Pennsylvania, has not been arraigned, Miller said. He was released the day of his arrest.

Maguire could not immediately be reached for comment.

Police at the Detroit airport twice had Maguire blow into a breathalyzer, and each time his readings exceeded the legal limit, airport spokesman Michael Conway said on Saturday.

The Federal Aviation Administration prohibits pilots from flying with blood alcohol content higher than .04, according to the regulator's website. The FAA said in a statement on Saturday that it was investigating the incident.
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