Check out this NBC Los Angeles article. A 51 year old lady was kicked off a Delta flight after having a brief conversation with the captain, and smelling alcohol in his breath (which a couple of others noticed as well, apparently). She reported this to the purser (not sure what the point of that is, since the purser is powerless in this circumstance), and the purser reported it to the pilots. After a “manager” came aboard and they did a test on the pilot, it was determined that he hadn’t been drinking.
And then the lady was escorted off the flight…
First of all, kudos to Delta for taking the passenger’s concerns seriously. On one hand I’d be miffed and embarrassed if I were the captain and were accused of drinking when I hadn’t been, but on the other hand I doubt the woman was malicious. She certainly wasn’t a threat to the flight. The reaction seems like a bit of an overkill.
(Tip of the hat to Ralph)