July 24, 2014
Passengers aboard a Frontier Airlines flight from Omaha to Milwaukee were delayed this morning and it not due to mechanical failure.
The problem wasn't a typical weather or mechanical issue. A hotel shuttle bus driver called airport police and said he thought the pilot was drunk!
Officers met the pilot near the departure gate, and kept him from boarding.
A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says the agency is investigating the incident.
Pilots can't fly or perform any safety-sensitive operation within eight hours of consuming alcohol, or if they have a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.04 percent or higher.
A Frontier spokeswoman says the company has a -quote- "zero-tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol that has resulted in a 100-percent safety record."