An American Airlines flight from Reno to Dallas was delayed more than seven hours yesterday after a security screener reported smelling alcohol on the pilot's breath.
Reno airport spokesman Brian Kulpin says airport police ran a
breath test on the pilot and the results came up negative -- well
within legal limits. The pilot was released.
Meanwhile, a new crew had to be brought in for the flight, which
was to have left for Dallas at 12-23 yesterday afternoon. It
finally took off at eight-44.
An American spokesman says the issue remains under
investigation. He says the airline's policy is no alcohol
consumption within eight hours of a flight -- the same standard set
by the F-A-A.
The pilot will remain off duty until the investigation is