This article deals with the fact that a British Airways captain who was due to fly BA's 8:30 depature from ARN (Stockholm) home to UK, was stopped by security due to suspicion about him beeing intoxiated.
The pasengers had to wait for about 3 hrs, before BA had a new captain ready.
The article ends with telling about how 11 BA pilots were fired after a TV documentary focusing on their on duty drinking.
Skymileman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2709 times:
I don't get what is with these pilots. I come from a large family of people in all parts of the aviation career, and they never drink/drank while on duty. I guess the times have changed since they were in the business, though.
Lapper From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 1586 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2526 times:
Interestingly, this mornings Daily Mail reports that he was seen swaying as he was walking towards his aircraft, so was reported. Yet later on in the article, he was said to have 1/4 the alcohol in his blood stream that is the legal drink/drive limit in the UK.
Now, I'm not condoning him at all, as he knew the rules, no alcohol in the 8 hours previous, and in moderation in the 24 hours previous. But to be "swaying" seems a bit strange to me. This smacks of being shopped.
Il75 From Argentina, joined May 2001, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2485 times:
According to the information published a couple of days ago in the Swedish paper Dagens Nyheter, police officers were called after ground staff considered the pilot "acted" strangely and smelled of alcohol. Always according to that paper, a prosecutor was considering pressing charges against the pilot and BA has suspended him from service until the investigations is closed.
It was a short piece of news, very neutral, and I got the impression there was no doubt the pilot was drunk (or not completely recovered after being drunk the night before).
Vc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1421 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2469 times:
not being an expert on these things , but after reading the many replies to this subject on PPrune web site, it would appear that the breath test result were very very small. I would recommend people to read the pprune replies
Janne From Sweden, joined Sep 2001, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2403 times:
I saw this on the swedish news on television and was very confused.
They said according to the breathalyzer test he had 0.2 promille alcohol
in his blood. If I'm not mistaken that is a can of beer+.
If he was making a drunk impression on anyone after having one and a
half can of beer I think he was either sick or had almoast never drunk
alcohol before. A male person don't "appear drunk" after one and a half