Lately, drunk passengers seem to be coming up in the news more often.
Gary Leff from View from the Wing uses these incidents as examples of why drinking should be banned in flight.
This specific incident was the crew’s fault. Mostly because it was the crew.
The airline (Air Transat) confirmed the pilots arrested in Scotland have been suspended at least until the end of an internal investigation.
Jean-Francois Perreault, 39, and Imran Zafar Syed, 37, were detained at Glasgow Airport on Monday shortly before they were to fly an Airbus A310 with about 250 passengers from Glasgow to Toronto.
The flight (“July 18 flight from Glasgow to Toronto”) was cancelled and the passengers were compensated $600 for their troubles.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a one off-strange situation. At least in the United States, the FAA has found a surprising number of incidents. At least once a month, they find someone trying to fly while inebriated through random checks.
An American Airlines pilot flunked two sobriety tests before a 7 a.m. flight out of Detroit. An Alaska Airlines pilot flew a commercial plane from California to Oregon and back again, all while allegedly drunk.
Part of the problem is that alcohol doesn’t always get our of your system by the morning, and the legal limit for pilots is much lower than drivers (.04). Of course, you still shouldn’t have 15 rum and cokes the night before you fly.