Suspected Drunk Pilot Not Allowed to Board Plane

Frontier Airlines Omaha to Milwaukee flight delayed over pilot's condition.
2:38 | 02/16/12

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News of another pilot this one with Frontier Airlines he was moments away from taking the controls of an aircraft with 29 people on board. When an airport bus driver did something surprising. He turned in the pilot for trying to board the plane -- allegedly drunk. ABC's Jim model has that story. Frontier Airlines flight 1894. From Omaha to Milwaukee stuck on the tarmac this morning. The commuter -- held at the gate for two hours because the pilot was allegedly too drunk to fly. In fact something was so obviously wrong the hotel shuttle driver called police and the pilot was stopped. Just after security and before he ever reached the play. There was. Four police officers. With the pilot. Escorting him away. The Omaha airport director says police questioned the pilot determined he was inebriated and turned him over to airline officials he was not arrested. Passengers were never explicitly told what was wrong but officers did -- hint at the problem. You sort of confirmed without -- saying so much better that the -- was on its headline news he was strongly. FAA policy called bottle to throttle is strict. No flying within eight hours of consuming alcohol and the legal blood alcohol limit is point 04. Since 2000 there have been 134. Cases of allegedly drunk -- Including this incident caught on surveillance tape in 2002. Went to America west pilots were spotted drinking in TSA screeners smelled alcohol on their breath. They were picked up just before the plane left. The ground. The Frontier Airlines has and as a zero tolerance policy in after investigation we'll take appropriate action against the pilot. Normally in these cases the pilot will surrender his or her license. If not -- FAA steps in and revoked that after through rehab process the pilot can then we apply or reinstate. -- the passengers can think that bus driver apparently tonight thanks Jim.

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