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Usually it’s the weather or “technical faults” that need fixing that cause flight delays. Unusually, over the last few weeks, the cause of two flight cancellations has been pilot related, and not in a good way.

An American Airlines pilot and a Delta pilot were up for a bit of drunk driving (of their planes!) and they both got caught!

We covered some of the story yesterday, about the drunk American Airlines pilot. I can now share the news that the passengers got a nice lump of compensation as a result.

View From The Wing reports that everyone on the flight is being offered 15,000 miles, plus the compensation that passengers are entitled to under EU Regulation 261/2004, which requires airlines to compensate passengers between €250 and €600 cash for flight delays of over 3 hours, for cancellations, and for involuntary denied boardings due to overbooking. The amount depends on the distance of the flight. This applies to flight departures from EU countries, and it applies to award tickets not just paid tickets.

What I failed to mention is that just a week before, a Delta pilot did the same thing, trying to fly out of Amsterdam whilst being three times the legal limit! It does make me rather concerned. Can we no longer trust our pilots to be sober? Perhaps we are just testing more regularly? Perhaps this has always been a problem?

Pilots have a position of responsibility. They are in charge of keeping their passengers safe and to fly their plane safely to its destination. Human error can cause crashes. If your pilot is drunk, he or she is more likely to make a mistake… Unforgivable.

Another unforgivable cockpit shot can be found below:

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