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Here We Go Again, Pilots + Alcohol =


Living The Dream!
Apr 29, 2002
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Pilot pulled from jet after alcohol suspected

Suspended pending investigation triggered by Miami airport screeners


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Updated: 8:15 a.m. ET Oct. 24, 2005

MIAMI - A United Airlines pilot was removed from the cockpit and questioned by police after security screeners at Miami International Airport reported smelling alcohol, police said.
The pilot was not arrested and no breath test was done, but the airline suspended him pending an internal investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating.
“United’s alcohol policy is among the strictest in the industry and we have absolutely no tolerance for abuse or violation of this well-established policy,” airline spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said.
Earlier this year at the same airport, two American West pilots were arrested after screeners smelled alcohol on their breath before they boarding a plane. Both pilots were fired by America West and are now serving prison sentences.

Suspicious odor
The pilot in Sunday’s incident was boarding Flight 1404 to Washington D.C. when Transportation Security Administration screeners thought they smelled alcohol and alerted police, said FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.
“The officer noticed what appeared to be an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the pilot and requested that he exit the aircraft,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Del Castillo said.
The pilot was questioned in the jetway but no breath tests were conducted, Del Castillo said.
Urbanski said the pilot had been suspended pending the outcome of a company investigation.
The flight had been scheduled to leave at 9 a.m. with 76 passengers. According to United’s Web site, it took of at 3:40 p.m. after a crew change.

Bob Loblaw

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Sep 26, 2005
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KC-10 Driver said:
We don't know yet if this was a case of pilot+alcohol...
But we can speculate it might be a case of over-zealous cop wannabe+delusions of grandeur.

capt. megadeth

Metal Momma!
Oct 12, 2003
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Bob Loblaw said:
But we can speculate it might be a case of over-zealous cop wannabe+delusions of grandeur.
Ha ha....no doubt.


Well-known member
Feb 18, 2004
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To the best of my knowledge, I don't believe there is any evidence that suggests that the pilot in question had been drinking. The closest thing out there is a security screener who "thought" he smelled alcohol.

So, why have an investigation? Why even suspend the pilot without any solid evidence that any alcohol had even been consumed?


I hope its big enough
Dec 22, 2002
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He used too much mouthwash that morning?