Acey559 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1613 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2494 times:
It's a very delicate subject and a tough one to broach as nobody wants to be accusatory, but if it comes to light that the crew knew or had a hunch that someone had been drinking and didn't report it, they'll be in almost as much trouble as the one who was drinking. From personal experience though, I've never flown with anyone who overindulged on an overnight and was unfit for duty.
longhauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5873 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2477 times:
I can honestly say that with three decades of flying, I have never seen it. I am not saying it doesn't exist, just that 99.99% of the aircrew (F/A's included) don't break the drinking and flying rule.
Either they are very skilled at hiding it, (not likely), or they take advantages of the facilities offered by the airline, (more likely). Like any disease, alcoholism is treated the same way. You are taken off the line, given full pay and benefits ... and you are cured.
Sadly, like cancer and heart disease, a cure sometimes is not possible. Those individuals are retired and not allowed to fly again.
Just because I stopped arguing, doesn't mean I think you are right. It just means I gave up!