Drunk American Airways pilot, cancel a flight from Manchester to Philadelphia.
American Airways (AAL, -0.48%) needed to cancel a flight from Manchester to Philadelphia on Thursday after the pilot reporting for responsibility was suspected of being drunk.
Police arrested the 62-year-old pilot on the Manchester Airport in northwest England, although he has since been launched on bail.
Flight AA735 was canceled, and passengers have been rebooked on different flights. American Airways mentioned in a press release that “security is our highest precedence,” and that it’s “absolutely cooperating with native legislation enforcement.”
Within the U.S., pilots who attempt to fly or reach flying drunk can face felony prices and as much as 15 years in jail, Quartz reviews.
The Related Press wrote in November that “every day, there are 90,000 flights around the globe, carrying greater than eight million folks. And the overwhelming majority of pilots in these cockpits are sober.” Good level, although not totally reassuring.
Japan’s downside with drunk pilots got here into focus final fall, after a pilot reported to work with alcohol ranges 9 instances the authorized restrict of 0.2%. Japan requires pilots to chorus from ingesting within the eight hours earlier than they fly—the identical as within the U.S., the place the blood alcohol restrict for pilots is 0.4%, half of the restrict for car drivers.
In 2017, random alcohol assessments have been carried out on 12,480 pilots within the U.S., and solely 10 failed. (Pilots within the U.S. and most of Europe are solely examined randomly or if there’s a suspicion that they’re drunk.) However in India, all pilots and flight attendants are examined earlier than departing on each single flight, AP reviews. With that stricter coverage—and regardless of India having a fraction of the flights the U.S. has—43 pilots examined optimistic for alcohol earlier than flights final yr, per India’s civil aviation company.