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'Drunk' American Airlines pilot arrested

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An American Airlines pilot has been arrested on suspicion of being drunk a few minutes before he was scheduled to take off from the UK's Manchester Airport.

Officers were called "shortly before 11am" on Thursday after receiving a report that a pilot "may have been under the influence of alcohol," according to a statement from Greater Manchester Police.

A 62-year-old man was arrested and has been bailed pending further inquiries, police said.

The unnamed pilot was due to fly from Manchester to Philadelphia at 11:05 a.m. local time, but flight AA735 was canceled in the wake of his arrest, according to the UK's Press Association news agency.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/08/uk/american-airlines-pilot-arrest-manchester-gbr-scli-intl/index.html

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freetoroam
1 hour ago, Still Waters said:

A 62-year-old man was arrested and has been bailed pending further inquiries, police said.

What further inquiries do they need to do?

Either he was drunk or was not. If he was, he gets sacked and  a hefty fine.

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Captain Risky
On 2/9/2019 at 2:47 AM, freetoroam said:

What further inquiries do they need to do?

Either he was drunk or was not. If he was, he gets sacked and  a hefty fine.

maybe he was hung-over... anyway they caught one pilot for being drunk but i wonder how many get away with flying p***ed? i can't see how hard it would be to alcohol test pilots before they take off. 

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freetoroam
1 hour ago, Captain Risky said:

maybe he was hung-over... anyway they caught one pilot for being drunk but i wonder how many get away with flying p***ed? i can't see how hard it would be to alcohol test pilots before they take off. 

Yep and its not as if the police can pull them over while they are piloting.

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Kittens Are Jerks

We used to shuttle between Toronto and Montreal quite frequently and there was this one pilot with a speech impediment that made him sound totally sloshed. The expression on people's faces when he'd make an announcement was always one of shock, followed by fear, and I swear he enjoyed terrorising everyone because he never stopped talking. But to be drunk, stoned, even sleep deprived, is reckless and endangers everyone aboard the plane. There should be a screening process whereby all pilots are checked before they get behind the controls. 

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Captain Risky
13 hours ago, freetoroam said:

Yep and its not as if the police can pull them over while they are piloting.

Yeah that would be a sight, sirens and flashing lights telling the pilot to pull over. :) but seriously, as if a member of the cabin crew couldn’t breathalyise the cockpit crew before take off. 

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freetoroam
32 minutes ago, Captain Risky said:

Yeah that would be a sight, sirens and flashing lights telling the pilot to pull over. :) but seriously, as if a member of the cabin crew couldn’t breathalyise the cockpit crew before take off. 

Not sure the cabin crew would do that. Might cause a bit of an atmoshere. 

Even if breathalyzed on the ground, there is nothing stopping the pilots having a tipple in the cockpit. Maybe the needs testing on both ends - of the flight,  but can not see that happening for every flight in every country.

Just want to know though, it does not sound good if one of the pilots has had a drink, but if only a wee one, how bad can that be if there are two pilots and nothing to crash into while up in the air especially if a few hours? 

 

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Captain Risky
2 hours ago, freetoroam said:

Not sure the cabin crew would do that. Might cause a bit of an atmoshere. 

Even if breathalyzed on the ground, there is nothing stopping the pilots having a tipple in the cockpit. Maybe the needs testing on both ends - of the flight,  but can not see that happening for every flight in every country.

Just want to know though, it does not sound good if one of the pilots has had a drink, but if only a wee one, how bad can that be if there are two pilots and nothing to crash into while up in the air especially if a few hours? 

 

...I see your point. I guess if they weren’t drinking on an empty stomach or mixing drinks what harm could a drink have 30,000 feet in the air. Still i would be a tad concerned if the pilot introduced himself and the co-pilot as Captain Johnnie Walker and 1st officer Jack Daniels. 

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