Sorry. Your flight is delayed; the pilot is pie-eyed


Passengers on a recent Air Japan flight were delayed after the pilot failed a pre-flight breathalyser test.

The co-pilot, in his 40s, admitted he had consumed more than 10 cans of beer, two glasses of white wine and a bottle of red wine, although the drinking had ceased before the prescribed 12 hours before a flight under the rules of parent company ANA.

He was due to fly from Tokyo's Haneda airport to Hong Kong but was replaced. His punishment was not revealed.

After a spate of recent incidents of failed breath tests, Japan's ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism had warned airlines to tighten up rules and administer more stringent alcohol tests to pilots, the Travel Mole news website reported.
Several over-the-limit pilots have caused flight delays and damaged Japan's aviation image that included one pilot being jailed in the UK for being nine times over the alcohol limit.

That pilot, Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, failed a breathalyser 50 minutes before he was due to fly a Boeing 777 from Heathrow Airport to Japan Airlines (JAL). He was jailed for 10 months.

Another Air Japan pilot failed a breath test in February prior to a flight from Narita International Airport to Yangon, Myanmar.

"We were not able to prevent a similar incident from occurring and we take it very seriously," ANA said in a statement.

Not reassuring. 

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