An American Airlines flight was canceled from Detroit to Philadelphia Saturday after a co-pilot was suspected of being drunk.
Another American Airlines pilot failed two sobriety tests before an early morning flight out of Detroit.
An Alaska Airlines pilot flew a commercial plane from California to Oregon and back while drunk.
Recent Freedom of Information Act documents show that too many pilots are flying drunk! Most, end up back in the pilots seat!
UPDATE: Since completing this article, a new story just reached the news desk today!
Fox News Reports:
The cases are enough to frighten the flying public, and are not isolated, according to a FoxNews.com investigation. Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show that while the overwhelming majority of men and women at the cockpit controls are law abiding and responsible, too many fly – or attempt to fly – intoxicated, and even engage in criminal behavior after they touch down.
“There is no leveling off or decrease in this trend, in fact drug use seems to be climbing,” said Peter Bartos, a retired military pilot with an FAA Airline Transport Pilot license, who reviewed the FAA data for FoxNews.com. “The general public probably has no idea that this abuse is occurring with such regularity.”
Between 2010 and 2015, FAA records show that 64 pilots were cited for flying while drunk or on drugs. In 2015, 1,546 personnel who are directly involved in airline safety tested positive for illegal drugs. On average, one pilot a month is caught within the U.S. trying to fly a passenger aircraft while drunk!
The legal limit for flying, 0.04 percent. is a higher standard than most states have for automobiles. Since it is not mandatory for a pilot to be tested for every flight, that means more are actually flying! Even in the most egregious cases, pilots who have been caught flying, or trying to fly drunk seem to be eventually making it back into the cockpit!
Insane! Selfish! Stupid!
Drunk Driving…or Drunk Flying… there is ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE!
Be sure to read my article: 16 YEAR OLD DRUNK DRIVING VICTIM STILL CHANGING LIVES 12 YEARS LATER
Federal prosecutors in California have charged a former Alaska Airlines pilot with flying a plane from Oregon to California while drunk in Jan 2016. 60 year old David Arntson, of Newport Beach, California, was arrested and charged on a felony count of operating a common carrier while under the influence
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