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Wednesday 1 May 2024

Another airline with a grog monster pilot

Add JAL to the list of airlines having issues with boozy pilots.

A Japan Airlines flight from Dallas to Tokyo was cancelled over the drunken escapades of a pilot, industry travel portal Travel Mole and the Mainichi Daily newspaper reported.

The JAL captain was on a layover in a Dallas hotel last week when his disruptive behaviour led to police being called by a hotel employee.

The pilot was given a warning for his disorderly conduct.

Japan Airlines then cancelled the Tokyo flight due to the need to assess the captain’s "physical and mental wellbeing". A replacement pilot could not be found in time for the morning departure. 

The airline said the unnamed pilot began drinking during dinner with flight crew colleagues and continued in the hotel bar and then his room until at least 2am.

The 157 passengers booked on the flight were later re-booked on an American Airlines flight to Tokyo. Which might not have pleased them.

See GoTR passim for previous pilots on the piss.  

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