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F/O fails breathalyzer test at AMS

Old 20th Jul 2017, 15:13
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F/O fails breathalyzer test at AMS

This morning at Schiphol, a 26yo FO was removed from his plane by airport police after failing a breathalyzer test at 0.73 promille (legal limit 0.2). Paid 5000Ä fine and was later released to return as a pax. Unidentified (for the moment) foreign airline.
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That is going to end very badly - tears a bedtime I imagine.
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Maybe he got an interline discount but looks like the fine at AMS for drunk FO's at AMS is less than a couple of years ago:

Drunk co-pilot arrested at Schiphol airport

By Janene Pieters on May 11, 2015 - 11:04

A co-pilot who was under the influence of alcohol was arrested at Schiphol airport on Sunday morning.

NOS reports that the man was about to board a plane that he planned to fly. The aviation police and marechaussee, military police, checked the man after receiving a tip.

They quickly realized that the man had been drinking as his breath smelled strongly of alcohol. A breath test showed that the man had 375 ug/l alcohol in his blood - well above the maximum allowed amount of 90 ug/l.
The man flies for a foreign airline. He received a 15 hours flight ban and a 6 thousand euro fine.
Drunk co-pilot arrested at Schiphol airport | NL Times
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How does one comply with a 15 hour flight ban? "Oh, was going to fly for 3.5 hours today, and yesterday I had intended to fly 4 hours - but didn't fly at all - so that leaves only 7.5 hours left to not fly."
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So young to throw it away. Any word on the carrier?
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If he's from a civilized country he'll be offered rehab and reintegration into his airline.
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Or advised to voluntary take the exit from the stage before investigation ruins life...
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I would have thought rather than destroy all his work, becoming teetotal for say, two years, and then reapplying might be sufficient. But this is with the condition the zero alcohol lifestyle is forever.

It's got a lot to do with what his blood shows in the longer term analysis. If it was a one-off lapse, that's very different from hiding an even moderate problem.

Believe me, this is a subject close to my heart. When I could stand it no more I stormed out of a very good job because of being forced to fly with an alcoholic . . . or two. And I mean shouted at to get back on the job.

It would have been hard not to have a drink or two after a long day back then, but so many were long term heavy drinkers.

"I wanted to think, so I gave up alcohol." Richard Feynman.
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26? Sounds like a party gone astray....
Little too young to have a career induced drinking problem.
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Originally Posted by Airbubba
Maybe he got an interline discount but looks like the fine at AMS for drunk FO's at AMS is less than a couple of years ago:

Drunk co-pilot arrested at Schiphol airport | NL Times
Fines for DUI in the Netherlands depend on the amount of alcohol in your blood. The first officer in this thread was under 0.8 promille, while the officer in 2015 was slightly over the 0.8.

And for the flying ban you're fine if you stay out of the cockpit for that number of hours since the breath-check.
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Originally Posted by PENKO
If he's from a civilized country he'll be offered rehab and reintegration into his airline.
So you don't think he will be asked to report to his company HQ, the resignation letter placed in front of him, and he is asked to sign it??

OK.
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Who has five grand sloshing about in order to pay an "on the spot" fine ? Very envious. When I was a FO, I owed, about five grand ; never had it sloshing about. Maybe his employer stumped up the fine to get him back . What happens at AMS if you don't have five grand in your back pocket or the employer fails to come up with the cash ?
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Originally Posted by Landflap
Who has five grand sloshing about in order to pay an "on the spot" fine ?
These AMS alcohol impairment fines seem to be creeping up over the years.

Drunken airline pilot detained before flying plane
Amsterdam authorities find captain's blood-alcohol level four times the legal driving limit.

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2000 04:00 PM EST J.A. Getzlaff

He was on a movable passageway when security officers at Amsterdamís Schiphol Airport spotted him: a Moroccan man in a pilotís uniform, who appeared to be having trouble walking. They stopped him, and he indicated that he was heading for the departure lounge and his Royal Air Maroc flight back to Morocco.

Since he was to be the planeís captain, military police at the airport asked him to take a breath test. The pilot objected, but when the cops refused to let him go, he eventually agreed. His blood-alcohol level measured four times the legal driving limit for Holland, according to a BBC report.

The pilotís response? Slurring, he asked to be allowed to return to his plane. Luckily for the 125 passengers waiting on board for him to fly them to Tangiers, Schipholís officials declined and slapped him with a 2,500-guilder fine ($1,150 U.S.).
Drunken airline pilot detained before flying plane - Salon.com

Drunk Delta Pilot Arrested in Cockpit: Dutch Police
By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ and MATT HOSFORD Sept. 14, 2010

A Delta pilot has been arrested and fined for allegedly being drunk as he was preparing to fly from Amsterdam to Newark Liberty International Airport, outside New York City.

The Dutch National Police Corps has not identified the pilot but says he is a 52-year-old captain from Woodbury, N.J., according to the Associated Press.

"Our policy is among one of the strictest in the industry and we have no tolerance for violations," Delta spokesman Anthony Black.

Police say they arrested the man in the cockpit of his plane after an anonymous tip. The AP reported that a breath test found he had a blood alcohol content of 0.023 percent - a hair above the legal limit in the Netherlands.

The pilot was fined about $900 and released, according to a statement from police.
Drunk Delta Pilot Arrested in Cockpit: Airline Captain Was Planning to Fly from Amsterdam to New York - ABC News
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The "bottle to throttle" time limit is of very little use, as many a driver pulled over on his way to work the morning after a real bender has found out.

At 26 he is old enough to know better. Unfortunately this tars us all with the same brush.
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5000 euros and a few hours of sobering up is pretty minor compared to what drunk pilots get in other countries these days.

The United pilots in Glasgow copped guilty pleas and each got ten month sentences earlier this year. After release, they will face the music back in the U.S., probably go through the cult of HIMS, re-earn their licenses and resume their careers on double secret probation.

Pilot jailed for drinking before flight - BBC News
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12hr Bottle to throttle advice only works up to 6 pints of beer or so, assuming a guaranteed zero reading the next day. Perhaps it should be extended to 18 hours?
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Can't agree to that one. Yes, a pint of ordinary strength beer metabolises in about three hours, so four pints. However, I understand that the modern machine will pick up the fact that you had a liqueur chocolate last week!
In my last few years of working, I only drank on the first night of a two-day break, giving over 36 hours abstinence. Boring, but safe. Since retirement I've become teetotal, and enjoy some of the better alcohol-free beers now being produced.

I guess my company was very enlightened. We had a pilot with a bad alcohol problem, and the company did everything it could to help him dry out. Sadly it didn't work, and he had to resign, but they tried.
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Most, if not all, U.S. carriers are similarly enlightened and have been since circa 1980. But, all bets are off if a pilot reports for duty intoxicated. That is automatic termination.

If the pilot was "turned in" off duty, then the company would keep him/her on full pay and send him/her to a first-rate 30-day recovery facility. Then, the pilot had to be monitor for several months afterward.
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10 ml of alcohol = 1 unit. You might metabolise 1 unit per hour, though it might be very much less.

Do the maths, and make sure your colleagues/crew can also do their times tables.

Then encourage them not to get even remotely close.
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