Sat, Jan 15, 2005
This makes two in one day... is it time for a
Hot on the heels of the
story of the drunk and armed AirTran pilot/federal flight deck
officer getting arrested in the cockpit after a TSA screener
smelled alcohol, another pilot was arrested last week in the
Germany for failing a breathalizer test. This time it was a female
EasyJet captain due to fly from Berlin, Germany to Basel,
Acting on a tip, Schonefeld Airport police officers stopped the
unidentified pilot and administered a breathalizer test, which she
failed. She was immediately arrested. The incident took place
before any passengers had boarded the 0645 flight last Saturday.
Another pilot was found, and the flight departed just 24 minutes
EasyJet spokesperson Toby Nicol told the BBC: "This is the first
time an incident like this has happened in nine years of operation.
Should the allegations be proven, EasyJet would be very
"We actively encourage people to come forward if they suspect
that someone has been drinking," added Nicol.
EasyJet bars pilots from drinking any alcohol up to 10 hours
prior to a flight, a timeframe 25% longer than the UK Civil
Aviation Authority regulations.
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