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Cheers but not inebriated: Why US skies aren't full of drunk pilots

The few suspected of being drunk on duty may make headlines, but they're the exception in a world of rigorous screening

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Workon-oranywherenear-aUScommercialaircraft,andchancesaregoodyou'llencounterarandomdrugoralcoholtest. Thesescreeningsarethefoundationofariskprogrammeaimedatkeepingsubstanceabusefromcompromisingairsafety.Itdoesn'talwayswork,whichmakesforaminorfurorewheneverallegedlyinebriatedcrewmembersturnup.OnSaturday,policeinScotlandarrestedtwoUnitedContinentalHoldingspilotsonsuspicionofbeingdrunkbeforetheir9amflighttoNewarkLibertyInternationalAirport.TheincidentcameaboutamonthaftertwopilotsforCanadianairline ...

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First Published: Wed, August 31 2016. 00:14 IST
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