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  1. sfogate
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  2. LeeAnn Ho
    LeeAnn Ho at |

    In my 30 yr career I have questioned 2 pilots regarding their sober status. The first time I was at a pilot base so the Chief Pilot came to ‘test’ the pilot in question (this was an arrival). The second time was at SFO for a departure and we (several gate agents witnessed the FO walking and acting odd) had to call SOC for assistance, then had to deal with the Captain that was not too happy with us questioning his FO and yelled at us. The FO wasn’t drunk and I would do what we did again but if I was a timid person, I would probably think twice after all the shouting and so on the Captain did.

  3. Megan Tippens
    Megan Tippens at |

    I’m not surprised that he made it to the aircraft. Every story I’ve heard of a drunk pilot is them being removed from the aircraft after security or an agent alerted authorities, which is really all they can do.

  4. Garrett Hartsuyker
    Garrett Hartsuyker at |

    Very disturbing and it is a small, very minute segment that would violate the safety regulations, passenger trust, career etc.

    Major US carriers in conjunction with their unions have great programs to assist the disease (issue). The oversight in the USA compared to the rest of the world is the lexus in identifying and offering assistance.

    I oppose random testing, but it is done on a random and/or regular basis in the USA.

    Personally, if it was me, I would voice my concerns to the Captain discreetly, thus facilitating many options. Public accusations result in negative results and reactions.

    Years ago, I witnessed an airline contract employee accuse a flight crew member of alcohol on his breath. He had just had chewed gum/breath mints and it might have smelled like a sweet liquor. The flight was cancelled, the pilot questioned and tested. He blew 0.0. His religious beliefs prohibited alcohol consumption. The accuser was terminated and the pilots reputation was besmirched.

    Over 90 passengers were delayed. Folks in the gate area were alarmed by the “alcohol” allegation, even though it was baseless. I was the Captain on the above narrative.

  5. AM
    AM at |

    So who raised the alarm eventually? A crew member, or passenger?

  6. Justin Lancy
    Justin Lancy at |

    When I flew Citilink a few months ago, I saw this ad …which I had assumed was for the benefit of passengers and not crew. 😛