The drunk America West captain who was arrested at MIA for trying to fly a jet while intoxicated had previous drinking-related arrests by the Arizona State Police...
My question is, why didn't America West Airlines suspend/fire him? Didn't the police or the court system have a responsibility to alert the FAA or the airline about his problems?
He may very well have been drunk while in the cockpit previously... only he didn't get caught!!!
"Captain Thomas Porter Cloyd, 44, continued to fly jetliners for America West despite admitting to police that he had been drinking when he shoved his wife, spat on her and berated her during a 1998 incident in their home outside Phoenix, the reports show. The charges were later dropped.
A little over a year later, Cloyd was arrested for harassing his downstairs neighbor, according to an arrest report. He shouted obscenities at her, pounded on her door and stomped on his floor after "drinking a lot," a police report stated."