2 United pilots arrested for suspected drunkenness
I know the Scotch love their scotch but when a pilot has 141 people’s lives in their hands or behind the control stick; there should be a little more discretion used as to when to tip and not to tip.
LONDON – Two United Airlines pilots have been arrested for suspected intoxication before they were to fly 141 passengers from Scotland to the United States, police and airline officials said.
United Airlines officials have confirmed Saturday’s arrest of the pilots, aged 45 and 35, at Glasgow Airport. The Police Service of Scotland says both men are expected to be arraigned Monday at a court in Paisley, a Glasgow suburb, to face charges connected to Britain’s transport safety laws.
We have to stop and wonder what the hell are these guys thinking and how many times have they skated before???
Experts say flying in America is extremely safe, and note that of the more than 56,000 alcohol screening tests done by the industry in 2015 for pilots, mechanics, aircraft dispatchers, ground security coordinators, aviation screeners, and traffic controllers, just 119 – or around 0.2 percent – were confirmed at or above the legal limit. Under FAA rules, pilots are not allowed to consume alcohol eight hours before a flight or have a blood alcohol content level higher than .04 percent.
Between 2010 and 2015, FAA records show 64 pilots were cited for violating the alcohol and drug provisions, and in 2015, some 1,546 personnel who must ensure airline safety, including 38 pilots, tested positive for one or more of five illegal drugs.
Although those are small numbers compared to all the flights; we have to hope that we are not one of the passengers on a plane where the pilot slid under the door.
I guess that is why the planes have autopilot.
Wonder if they are members of The Mile High Club??