But at least I wasn’t one of the airBaltic crew removed from a flight this morning under suspicion of being too drunk to operate the aircraft. The carrier’s official statement:
The Latvian airline airBaltic regrets to inform that its flight BT7843 from Oslo, Norway, to Chania on the Greek Island of Crete was delayed by 4:45 hours due to its crew removed from operating the flight. According to the currently available information, four out of five crew are under initial suspicion for alcohol abuse, and they are now undergoing a careful medical examination to determine the actual blood alcohol levels.
UPDATE: airBaltic video statement now released as well.
As for bringing my own beer on board, that was on a Riga-Vilnius flight a couple years back. Everything is buy on board anyways and perhaps I stretched BoB into BYOB. Not surprisingly the FAs were none too pleased when they figured out what we were doing. But at least they were sober enough to notice. And, yes, I expected to get caught on that one.
Also of slight interest, it seems that this was a charter flight of sorts; BT7843 is not in the published timetable anywhere I can see.
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