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Airline Pilot Arrested for Alcohol Consumption Before Flight

A pilot for American Eagle was arrested recently after Transportation Security Administration officials said they smelled alcohol as he walked past. The pilot was on his way to the terminal to fly an airplane from Minneapolis to New York City but was stopped before he reached the cockpit by the officials who noticed that he had watery eyes and was slow to respond to questions. The 48 year old man tested positive for alcohol with a blood alcohol content of .107. The legal limit for pilots is .04, half the limit allowed for motorists in the US.

The airline pilot was charged in Minnesota with three counts related to attempting to operate an aircraft under the influence of alcohol. Each charge carries a maximum fine of $300,000 along with one year in jail. American Eagle is an independent airline that operates shorter connecting flights for American Airlines. A spokesman for the airline said the company has a “well-established substance abuse policy” designed with the safety of employees and customers in mind. The case against the airline pilot will be handled in state court.

Operating a vehicle of any kind is extremely dangerous under the influence of alcohol. If you plan to drink make sure to designate a driver in advance to make sure that everyone gets home safely. If you drive under the influence of alcohol you are not just putting yourself at risk – you could seriously injure or even kill another person on the road.

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