Ritual expressions can find their moment

Two pilots in charge of an Air Transat flight from Glasgow to Toronto due to take off at 1pm yesterday, 19th July were taken off the flight deck by Police Scotland before its departure. Flight crew had apparently reported them as seeming unfit for duty.

The pair later appeared in court in Paisley, charged with a breach of Section 93 of the Railway and Transport Safety Act 2003, in relation to levels of alcohol in their systems which were over the legal limit.

The Procurator Fiscal Depute, in opposing bail for each of them, declared them to be ‘a flight risk’.

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  • in this context ‘flight risk’ is putting it politely, but I have a vague recollection that this isn’t the first instance of suspected drunks in charge of a plane in Scotland in recent years, and perhaps someone with a better memory can confirm this.

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    Robert Wakeham July 20, 2016 4:58 pm Reply
    • There do seem to be more cases in recent years. Is there more drinking about flight crews or are people more likely to report them?

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      Lundavra July 20, 2016 5:04 pm Reply
    • One of the ways one or two flight deck crew had of recovering from a hangover was to slap on the oxygen mask, take several good gulps of oxygen and once the brain-pain was over, declare emergency oxygen equipment as fully functional.

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      Alistair July 21, 2016 12:14 am Reply
  • A few nights in the Bar-l should cure them.

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    Graeme McCormick July 20, 2016 9:24 pm Reply
  • The drink level is lower than that introduced by the government a year or so ago for drivers. Since a double decker bus can hold 72 folk I take it all the criticism was just hot air. Maybe airline pilots should be allowed the higher limit allowed in RUK?

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    No Cheese Here July 20, 2016 11:48 pm Reply
  • There seems to be a lot of confusion over the “bottle to throttle” guidelines that used to be the go-by. These varied from as little as 8 hours upwards between various companies but now there is a blood alcohol concentration percentage allowance that they can be tested on.
    It will be interesting to know by how much they exceeded that limit. It will also be interesting to know if the crew were all concerned or if it was just one person.

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    Murdoch MacKenzie July 21, 2016 1:23 pm Reply

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