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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


Work on-or anywhere near-a US commercial aircraft, and chances are good you'll encounter a random drug or alcohol test. These screenings are the foundation of a risk programme aimed at keeping substance abuse from compromising air safety. It doesn't always work, which makes for a minor furore whenever allegedly inebriated crew members turn up. On Saturday, police in Scotland arrested two United Continental Holdings pilots on suspicion of being drunk before their 9 am flight to Newark Liberty International Airport. The incident came about a month after two pilots for Canadian airline ...

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

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