Published: Sat, August 10, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Attendant removed from flight charged with intoxication

Attendant removed from flight charged with intoxication

A flight attendant aboard a flight from Chicago to South Bend has been charged with public intoxication.

A passenger even had to get up and fasten March's seatbelt before takeoff, anxious she would fall over and out of her seat.

When the plane landed in South Bend, officers boarded and asked her where she was.

A passenger called Aaron Scherb told ABC News that he clocked March leaning against the galley and making "slurred" security announcements.

When the plane touched down in IN, officers removed March from the place after smelling alcohol, court documents say.

She told the officers she was not on any medication and they could smell alcohol on her breath.

Air Wisconsin Airlines says that it's "fully cooperating with the local authorities", according to the South Bend Tribune.

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"A few passengers reported they felt scared for their lives based upon the apparent condition of Ms. March", charging documents detailed, as per the Tribune.

Her blood-alcohol level was 0.204, which is five times the legal limit for flight attendants.

"The flight attendant involved in this incident is no longer an employee of the company", an Air Wisconsin representative told ABC News.

"I would hope that United Airlines and Air Wisconsin treat this person as an employee, not as an expendable commodity, and that they will help her get treatment for addiction, if that's in fact what she suffers from", he said via email on August 9.

"We expect our regional carriers to take appropriate action as required when issues like these happen with their employees", a United Airlines spokesperson told ABC.

"Given the significant safety and security roles that flight attendants have, United (and other airlines) should consider adopting zero tolerance policies for flight attendants going forward", he continued.

According to court records, March is due in court on August 29. United Airlines apparently didn't get the memo because the woman was sacked and subsequently charged with endangering passengers.

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