11/11/2009

Law enforcement officials at London Heathrow Airport arrested a United Airlines pilot who failed a Breathalyzer test shortly before a scheduled departure for Chicago. It was the third alcohol-related arrest of a U.S. pilot at Heathrow in just over a year, and some experts see a pattern of safety lapses, while others tout the "very low rate" of pilot mishaps. Last year, according to the FAA, 13 pilots violated alcohol rules, which prohibit flying within 8 hours of imbibing. United has an even stricter, 12-hour "bottle-to-throttle" policy, and the airline says the London pilot has been "removed from service pending a complete and full investigation."

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