Via Japan Today:
TOKYO — The breath alcohol level of an All Nippon Airways copilot exceeded the company’s upper limit Wednesday, causing a 90-minute delay to a flight from Naha airport in Okinawa Prefecture for Tokyo’s Haneda airport, company officials said Thursday.
The airline detected about 0.327 milligrams of alcohol in 1 liter of his breath, which surpasses the company’s in-house allowable limit of 0.1 mg, in the test conducted at 7:16 a.m. Wednesday, about 50 minutes before a Boeing 747 for ANA’s Flight 120 was scheduled to leave Naha.
The level fell below the limit in the retest held after 9 a.m.
Since there was nobody at the airport who could replace him, the airline had to put off the departure and allowed the copilot on board only after confirming that his alcohol level had lowered, they said.
So, to make sure I understand this correctly, a 747 pilot that was about to have the lives of 400 people in his hands showed up intoxicated, and instead of having him arrested or put on “leave,” ANA decides to wait about 90 minutes until he sobered up a bit?
Best of all is ANA’s apology:
‘‘We apologize to the passengers for the trouble,’’ an ANA official said. ‘‘We will take care so that such a thing will not happen again.’’
I think it goes without saying that we don’t have the full story here, but it mentions nothing about an investigation, the pilot being suspended, etc. If that’s true, I fail to see how ANA is making sure such a thing doesn’t happen again. If anything, they’re encouraging such behavior.
I’d like to know which pinhead decided on the course of action here.
‘‘There was no safety problem but we verbally cautioned ANA because the incident caused a delay,’’
OK, is this source the Japanese version of The Onion? When a pilot shows up intoxicated to work the transport ministry is more concerned about the delay than the safety issue?