My wife has just emailed me a report in the British Daily Mail newspaper concerning a US pilot jailed in Britain.
A pilot who turned up so drunk at Heathrow that he didn’t know where he was supposed to fly his transatlantic passenger plane has been jailed for six months.
George La Perle was stopped by security officers because he was reeking of alcohol, Isleworth Crown Court was told.
He told them he had just had a few beers the previous evening and that he was scheduled to fly to New York. His destination was in fact Detroit……..
Flying regulations allow pilots a maximum of 20 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood – La Perle was found to have 89. [my bold]
US school bus drivers are permitted ZERO milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.
Does this mean school bus driving is considered a more responsible job than flying a Boeing 767, with around two hundred and fifty passengers, four and a half thousand miles across the Atlantic?
 “Drunk pilot didn’t know where he was meant to be flying his plane” Daily Mail, January 24th 2011
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