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Drunken SAS pilot stopped at a Swedish airport
Thursday, 10 May 2012
An unannounced breath tests revealed that a pilot of a SAS plane was
inebriated at work and was stopped from flying on Tuesday morning.
According Swedish tabloid news paper, Aftonbladet and Swedish
Television the officer was in the outer security checkpoint when police
asked him to blow. The test revealed that the pilot had more than 1.0
per mille of alcohol in the blood - far above the prescribed limit of
0.2 parts per thousand. According to SAS's own rules, pilots are also
to be quite sober at least eight hours before they fly.
“We are aware
of the situation and is concerned about what had happened. We’ll
support the border police 100 percent,” says Rebecca Sodergren of SAS
press office to Swedish television. Adding that at SAS, there is a zero
tolerance with regard to such actions by their employees.
The officer is the first person to be hi by the new control method at
the airport since a new law was introduced in 2009. It makes it legal
for police to carry out unannounced alcohol tests on aircrews despite
not having a reasonable suspicion of drink driving or flying a plane.
The pilot is now being investigated.
By Scancomark.se Team
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