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Old 08-04-2010, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Woman Kicked Off Flight After Accusing Pilot of Drinking | NBC Los Angeles

Doesn't a policy like this discourage people from sounding the alert when they suspect something is wrong? In the article the woman accepted the flight attendant's answer that hte pilot had not been drinking and was in her seat waiting for the flight to take off. It's not like she was causing a scene. If she still believed that the pilot had been drinking she surely wouldn't have wanted to stay on the plane.
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:13 PM
 
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Woman Kicked Off Flight After Accusing Pilot of Drinking | NBC Los Angeles

Doesn't a policy like this discourage people from sounding the alert when they suspect something is wrong? In the article the woman accepted the flight attendant's answer that hte pilot had not been drinking and was in her seat waiting for the flight to take off. It's not like she was causing a scene. If she still believed that the pilot had been drinking she surely wouldn't have wanted to stay on the plane.
When this happens, one of two things should happen.

The pilot should be tested for alcohol use. If he fails the test, he should be arrested and taken off the flight.

If he tests as not drinking, the accuser is off the flight. False accusations destroy the pilot's credibility and should be dealt with harshly.
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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When this happens, one of two things should happen.

The pilot should be tested for alcohol use. If he fails the test, he should be arrested and taken off the flight.

If he tests as not drinking, the accuser is off the flight. False accusations destroy the pilot's credibility and should be dealt with harshly.
Is suspicion the same as accusation?

Also, if we're going to treat people harshly for reporting potentially dangerous situations, then that might inhibit from reporting dangerous situations.
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:50 PM
 
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Despite claims that whistleblowers are protected, they usually suffer negative consequences.

But to remove this woman for asking? Sounds like a hot tempered pilot to me. I guess if TSA suspects them it's okay, but a citizen pays the price.

Over the last year or so I've read about several instances where pilots were drinking before boarding and were removed from the plane. It's made me more aware of airline personnel's behavior.


What Would You Do? Drunken Pilots Scenario - ABC News
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