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United Airlines Now Tells Pilots No Drinking for 12 Hours Before Shift StartsIn a notable change of policy amongst US operators, United Airlines is now requiring Flight Crew stop drinking alcohol 12 hours before sign-on, from the previous 8. This comes after a crew failed an alcohol breath test in Scotland a week ago. (finance.yahoo.com) More...
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Some charter and cargo companies are pretty strict. A friend of mine flies 757 and 767s for a CANADIAN company it's rules are 24ours from bottle to throttle. He said violation of the policy would be instant termination. He added no more hangovers with kids around. The remuneration was excellent and didn't want to risk that either.
That's our rule also
A "typical" rule is the 24/7 rule. If you have consumed in the last 24 hours, don't come within 7 meters of the plane.
My early life, when my family traveled very frequently, with my parents as the pilots, was always scheduled rigorously around those 24 hours between bottle and throttle. Might have something to do with my being able to have a later life.
As someone who struggled with alcohol I can only hope that people in general and especially pilots would just quit drinking that crap. 5 years self medicating and I was too screwed up to see that the alcohol was the problem. Years of my life wasted. I will NEVER visit that dark place again. My wife says she has her husband back. Join me.