JetBlue pilot James Clifton goes viral after rocking up to work ‘drunk’

JetBlue pilot James Clifton was faraway from a flight in Buffalo after his blood alcohol check got here again 4 instances the authorized restrict for pilots, The Independent experiences.

In an announcement, the airline mentioned it had been made conscious of the scenario and launched an inner investigation.

We break down every thing we all know.

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JetBlue pilot removed from cockpit

JetBlue pilot James Clifton was “removed from his duties” after he failed a breathalyzer test, the airline said in a statement to CBS News.

As reported by the outlet, the pilot was passing through security at the Buffalo airport when a TSA agent noticed he “may have been impaired,” the statement continued.

Mr Clifton’s blood alcohol test was 0.17, which is four times the legal limit of 0.4, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. This is twice the legal limit for driving in the US.  

The plane was scheduled to take off at 6.15am from the Buffalo Niagara International airport and was delayed by greater than 4 hours.

Plane, Photo by Suhyeon Choi on Unsplash

According to a police report obtained by ABC7 Chicago, Mr Clifton mentioned he didn’t drink within the morning however admitted to having “seven to eight drinks the night before”.

The report mentioned he had spent the evening consuming on the bar of a lodge the place different crew members had been staying.

According to the flight’s different pilot, Mr Clifton missed his crew bus within the morning and ended up getting an Uber, the police report added.

Mr Clifton was taken into custody and launched into JetBlue safety.

Statement from JetBlue and FAA

In the identical report as above, JetBlue mentioned it had began an inner investigation into the matter whereas co-operating with authorities.

The airline mentioned it has a strict zero-tolerance inner alcohol coverage.

“We are aware of the incident that occurred this morning in Buffalo and are co-operating fully with law enforcement,” the assertion continued. “We are also conducting our own internal investigation. The crew member involved has been removed from his duties.”

The FAA added: “The FAA is investigating allegations an airline pilot attempted to report for duty while under the influence of alcohol. The agency takes these matters seriously.”

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