- “Actually, it only takes one drink to get me loaded. Trouble is, I can’t remember if it’s the thirteenth or fourteenth.” George Burns
An Alaska Airlines pilot is charged with piloting two flights with a blood alcohol level over .13 in 2014. Just as shocking, it took 18 months for him to be charged.
On the day in question, [David Hans] Arntson flew from San Diego to Portland, and then from Portland to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. When he landed at John Wayne, the airline selected Arntson for a random drug and alcohol test.
Prosecutors say an airline technician performed two tests on Arntson, and both were over the legal limit. The pilot had a blood alcohol concentration of .134 and .142, according to prosecutors.
What the story didn’t say is that Arntson’s flights were supposed to land and take off from Seattle. Kidding.
He was immediately removed from flying, and later retired. Though if this was truly a random test, not someone noticing that the captain had been trying to pick up the autopilot on Tinder, then the scariest thing perhaps is to imagine how many times he flew without getting flagged for a test.