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FAA Repot Sheds Light on Pilots Flying While Intoxicated

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Jonathan Hernandez1 year ago

Recent records from the Federal Aviation Administration indicate that pilots often fly drunk and engage in criminal activity. Since pilot error is one of the leading causes of commercial airline fatalities, how many pilots operate an airplane while intoxicated?

Details about the FAA Report

According to an article posted by FoxNews, airline pilots fly drunk and engage in illegal activing, according to a report originally conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Some examples include two American Airlines pilots who failed two sobriety tests that were conducted before a 7 a.m. flight out of Detroit. Another pilot from Alaska Airlines allegedly flew a plane from California to Oregon and back again, while drunk. Another pilot, from United Airlines, moonlighted as a pimp and ran several brothels out of apartment buildings in Houston.

Cases like these garner much public attention, and, according to a FoxNews investigation, the cases are not isolated. While the investigation determined that the majority of pilots are law-abiding citizens, there are many who fly, or attempt to fly, while intoxicated, and engage in illegal activity when they land.

Alcohol and Illegal Drug Screening for Airline Employees

While flying in the United States is extremely safe, more than 56,000 alcohol and illegal drug screening were done by the industry in 2015 for airline employees:

  • 119, or just 0.2 percent of pilots, aviation screeners, and traffic controllers were found to have been at or above the legal limit.
  • According to FAA standards, pilots are not allowed to consume alcohol eight hours before a flight or have a content level that is higher than .04 percent.
  • In 2015, 38 pilots had tested positive for one or more of five illegal drugs in their systems.
  • In the United States, there have only been 171 wrongful deaths of people in  commercial aviation accidents in the last 10 years.


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