American Airlines has cancelled a flight from Detroit to Philadelphia after a co-pilot was detained at a security checkpoint for allegedly testing above the legal limit for blood alcohol.
“Flight 736 was cancelled and we are re-accommodating our customers on other flights,” an American Airlines spokeswoman said.
“This is a serious matter and we are assisting local law enforcement and the Federal Aviation Administration with the investigation.”
Alcohol levels for pilots are stricter than those enforced for drivers. The blood alcohol limit in the US is set at 0.04% and pilots are not allowed to fly within eight hours of consuming any alcoholic beverages.
In various parts of the world , infractions occur. Last August, low-cost carrier airBaltic, national flag carrier of Latvia, was about to fly 109 people from Norway to Crete when permission to take-off was denied because the captain, first officer (co-pilot) and two flight attendants were tested and all found to be over the limit.
Police intercepted four crewmembers and breathalysed them. All failed.
Written by Peter Needham