• Sweden edition
 
Drunken airline pilot stopped at Arlanda

Drunken airline pilot stopped at Arlanda

Published: 10 May 2012 08:08 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 May 2012 08:08 GMT+02:00

“We can confirm that one person was caught at a routine check that police carried out,“ said Jessica Fremnell of the Arlanda police to daily Aftonbladet.

The SAS crew members were carrying out their duties on Tuesday when theywere asked to take the test and one of the pilots turned out to be over the legal limit.

According to an Aftonbladet source, the man was working on the outer safety checks of the craft when he tested positive for alcohol in the border police test.

The man had a blood alcohol content of over 1.0 promille, which is 0.8 promille over the limit. The limit in Sweden is a blood alcohol content exceeding 0.2 promille alcohol, both for driving and flying.

However, at SAS, the rules are even stricter, prohibiting pilots to fly unless they are under the 0.2 promille limit eight hours before takeoff.

After testing positive for alcohol the man was not allowed to fly the scheduled flight later in the afternoon.

The company were unwilling to disclose the destination to where the man was supposed to fly and told daily Dagens Nyheter (DN) that they view the incident as a “personnel issue” and not a security risk.

“We are aware of the situation and take what has happened extremely seriously. We support the border police’s work to a 100 percent,” said Rebecka Södergren from SAS to Aftonbladet.

This is the first time someone has tested positive for alcohol at Arlanda since new rules came into effect in September 2010, making it possible for police to carry out checks on crew.

Göran Adbro, chairman of the Swedish Airline Pilots’ Association (Svensk Pilotförening) has never before heard of any Swedish pilot being caught in a breathalyzer test.

“There is a zero tolerance policy for drinking and we stand by that,” he said to Aftonbladet.

After the discovery of the inebriated pilot, Scandinavian Airlines will be carrying out its own internal investigation alongside that of the police, according to DN.

The Local/rm

twitter.com/thelocalsweden

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

08:45 May 10, 2012 by byke
If I was caught having being that drunk, id be pissed.
08:46 May 10, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Good work stopping this guy. 5 times over the limit. I hope it is not a random inspection, and that all pilots get tested all the time.

To increase safety in countries where they are less digilent within their airports, mabye every commerical aircraft should be equipped with a breathalizer machine in the passenger seating area. After the safety demonstration, all pilots could come out of the cockpit and blow into the breathalizer so that all of the passengers can see that they are fit to fly the aircraft.
10:11 May 10, 2012 by hjoian
Breath tests should be mandatory for pilots and crew before flight briefings.
10:47 May 10, 2012 by EtoileBrilliant
Anecdotal evidence suggests that within the airline industry everyone knows who the culprits are but lack the mechanism to report a colleague. What is needed is an effective whistle-blower system where staff can report on their colleagues anonymously.
10:47 May 10, 2012 by jack sprat
Not the first apparently.

http://www.pprune.org/medical-health/464983-sas-pilot-caught-drunk-last-sunday.html

I well recall drinking into the early hours with a Canadian pilot c/w aircrew and cabin staff, just a few hours before they were due to fly a 747 out of Tenerife.
11:38 May 10, 2012 by McChatter
"However, at SAS, the rules are even stricter, prohibiting pilots to fly unless they are under the 0.2 promille limit eight hours before takeoff." That leaves an awful long time to get over the limit!
11:54 May 10, 2012 by cogito
Huh? You call eight hours strict? (#6).

I believe U.S. carriers prohibit pilot consumption of alcohol for 24 hours before a flight.
17:35 May 10, 2012 by kloster
"The company were unwilling to disclose the destination to where the man was supposed to fly and told daily Dagens Nyheter (DN) that they view the incident as a "personnel issue" and not a security risk."

Sorry SAS but please wake up, drunken pilots are a security risk. With this attitude it is hardly surprising SAS losses money year after year after year and well run companies are making ever increasing profits. Ryan air -which now is transporting 70-80 million more passengers a year now than SAS. Norwegian has placed huge orders to increase its fleet. Both companies do view drunken pilots as a security risk.

SAS get rid of drunken pilots and staff who don´t view them as a security risk and wake up.
17:46 May 10, 2012 by mats223
I heard that last week Air Baltic pilot was arrested in Riga for same reason.
05:21 May 11, 2012 by Lunneia
Typical! That is what happens when a people cant wait to be 18 to drink, and in a society where a high school diploma is respected much more than a PhD!
16:20 May 11, 2012 by wakak
So, SAS do not give anything to drink to its customers, unlike passenger friendly companies like Swiss or Air France. On SAS, you do not even get a glass of water.

But their pilots apparently drink as much as they want!

It is not a surprise that SAS loses money then.
17:28 May 11, 2012 by cogito
I flew from Paris to Stockholm with Air France recently for less than an SAS ticket for the same day/same route.

AF served the passengers dinner with wine.

SAS was charging for water.
13:39 May 12, 2012 by skylarkpilot
I stopped flying with SAS years ago when they adopted the same attitudes as BA in-so-much-as they appear to think they are doing you a favour to let you fly with them. Ryanair customer service may be awful, but at least you get what you pay for. A cheap no frills flight to where you want to be.

SAS may think it a personal issue for the pilot. It would be an even more personal issue for the families of the people he killed when he stuffed it up !

I normally would not call for someone to lose their jobs without knowing the precise circumstances, but this person was in a position of responsibility for possibly a couple of hundred peoples lives. Should they ever let someone like that fly again ?
Today's headlines
National
Swedish man beats bus in video challenge
Busses in Sundbyberg could be targeted by copycat runners. Photo: TT

Swedish man beats bus in video challenge

After a video of a man sprinting between underground stops in London went viral last week, a Swedish runner took up the challenge of beating his bus in Sundbyberg in north west Stockholm. READ  

National
Flood and high wind warning in east Sweden
Stockholm experienced heavy rain on Sunday. Photo: TT

Flood and high wind warning in east Sweden

After heavy rain broke off the September sunshine in eastern Sweden on Sunday, forecasters warn more bad weather is on the way. READ  

Tech
World car record on Malmö bridge

World car record on Malmö bridge

The longest electric car parade on a bridge between two countries was formed on the Öresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark on Sunday, with environmental campaigners breaking several other world records in the process. READ  

National
Two hurt in Helsingborg ferry crash
The damaged ferry is being inspected on Monday. Photo: TT

Two hurt in Helsingborg ferry crash

UPDATED: A ferry crashed into a pier in the port of Helsingborg in southern Sweden on Sunday night, with two people taken to hospital following the collision. READ  

Elections 2014
Waiting game for Social Democrat leader
Stefan Löfven will return to parliament on Friday. Photo: TT

Waiting game for Social Democrat leader

Stefan Löfven, who has been tasked with forming Sweden's next government, is facing an anxious few days ahead of his next crucial meeting with Parliament's speaker on Friday. READ  

National
Northern Swedes wake up to September snow

Northern Swedes wake up to September snow

Summer has come to a definite end in Kiruna as residents of the northern town were greeted with a blanket of snow on Sunday morning. READ  

Elections 2014
Ex-Prime Minister: Sweden is falling apart
Former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson. Photo: Leo Sellén/TT

Ex-Prime Minister: Sweden is falling apart

Former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson has said that the election success of the Sweden Democrats is a "slap" in the face for the Stockholm establishment. READ  

National
Trio prosecuted for hate attack against Somalis
Somali nationals taking part in a demonstration against deportations in Stockholm. File photo:Björn Larsson Ask/SvD/ TT

Trio prosecuted for hate attack against Somalis

Three young men in southern Sweden suspected of attacking Somali refugees with stones and screaming "sieg heil" have been indicted on charges of racial agitation. READ  

National
Swedish airfares to get cheaper in 2015

Swedish airfares to get cheaper in 2015

Sweden is set to buck the European trend of rising air prices with fares expected to drop next year according to a new report. READ  

National
Swede's homemade submarine nets fortune
Eric Westerberg's homemade submarine Isabelle. Photo: PS.nu

Swede's homemade submarine nets fortune

A Swedish submarine enthusiast who spent over 3,500 hours making his own vessel has sold his prized possession for 705,000 kronor ($98,500) in an online auction. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Finest
Gallery
People-watching: September 20th
The 'black gold' of Sweden's west coast.
National
West Sweden prepares for the 2014 lobster premiere
Society
What's on in Sweden
Politics
How Sweden Democrats went mainstream
Politics
Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?
Blog updates

20 September

How a Frog Can Save the Environment (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"What we do we imagine when we think of children enjoying nature? Perhaps it’s fishing, marveling at lightning bugs on a muggy July day or blowing on the wispy petals of a dandelion to make a special wish. But perhaps most iconic of the playful innocence in childhood is hopping after and trying to catch..." READ »

 

19 September

Editor’s blog (The Local Sweden) »

"Happy Friday readers! It sure has been a exciting week in Sweden, where we’re set to get a new Prime Minister after Fredrik Reinfeldt stepped down following Sunday’s elections. The Local blogged live from the key political gatherings across Stockholm. Why not re-visit the action by taking a look at our photos, tweets, videos and analysis? Since the..." READ »

 
 
 
Gallery
Property of the week - Eskilstuna
Sponsored Article
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
How I became a surf blogger when I moved to Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Gallery
People-watching: September 11th
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Politics
Five possible election outcomes
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Gallery
Property of the week - Hornstull, Stockholm
Analysis
Five differences between the UK and Sweden
Welshman Jonny Luck is now a chef in Sweden
Society
How I opened my own restaurant in Sweden's Malmö
Sponsored Article
Stockholm tech fest: relive the magic
Gallery
People-watching September 8th
Photo: TT
Politics
Feminists fight for first seats
Politics
Immigration cut push from Sweden Democrats
Sheryl Sandberg says women have "low expectations"
Tech
Facebook exec talks women's limits in Swedish business
Politics
Left Party calls for justice and equality
Politics
Green Party wants 'better world' for kids
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

846
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN