AirTran pilot arrested at MSP for allegedly being over the legal limit

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    Local news television stations in the Twin Cities are reporting this evening, May 15, 2011, that an AirTran pilot was arrested at MSP for allegedly being over the legal limit (alcohol). No details have appeared yet.
     
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    I cannot understand why a pilot would risk his/her career over this, if it's true.
     
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    This story was the lead on the late evening news today on one station, but the only additional information so far is that the airline says he will not fly while they proceed with an investigation.
     
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    CNN is reporting this in their crawler this morning, saying that the pilot showed up "impaired."
     
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    Local TV news is reporting that the pilot had a blood alcohol reading of .05, where above .04 is illegal. Also, AirTran found a replacement pilot yesterday.
     
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    Local news is reporting now that it happened on Saturday morning, when he was scheduled to fly from MSP to MKE. Apparently a "security worker" smelled alcohol on his breath and called the police (presumably the airport police).

    ADDED: one of the local stations is emphasizing that the pilot was already in the plane when he was arrested.
     
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    CNN now says it was a security officer at the gate who smelled alcohol, he was given a breath test (not a blood test), and the .04 limit that he exceeded is a FAA regulation. Also, the flight departed MSP 45 minutes late.
     

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