A British police spokesman confirmed the arrest of a British Airways flight attendant. She was detained for being on board in a state of alcohol or drug intoxication. This is reported by The Sun.
According to news reports, passengers watched in shock as armed police officers escorted a female flight attendant from an Airbus A320 aircraft.
Police were called to meet British Airways Flight BA2601 from Gran Canaria to London Gatwick last Thursday. The pilots contacted the ground via radio to share their concerns about the flight attendant. It was reported that colleagues suspected that the crew member was drunk and feared that she might be under the influence of illegal drugs.
The 41-year-old flight attendant failed a breathalyzer test upon arrival at Gatwick Airport and was immediately taken into custody for questioning. A police spokesman confirmed: “Police officers arrested a 41-year-old woman on suspicion of performing her duties while exceeding the alcohol limit, which is contrary to the 2003 Railways and Transportation Act. She has been released on bail pending further investigations.”
The legal blood alcohol limit for pilots and flight attendants is just 20 ppm. Crew members are generally advised to stop drinking alcohol at least eight hours before their flight to avoid disruption.