A US Airways flight scheduled from Des Moines, Iowa to Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday was delayed for four hours after a passenger made a comment that the crew had been drinking.
‘Tina Swail, spokeswoman for U.S. Airways, said the flight to Charlotte, N.C., scheduled to leave at 7 a.m. was originally delayed for two hours because the inbound flight from the night before the crew had been on arrived late. The crew’s rest contract and other rules required the two-hour delay, she said.
Clark and his wife arrived at the Des Moines Airport about 5:15 a.m. for their early morning flight. They even spent the night here in Des Moines. At about 7:30 this morning, they received word their flight had been delayed.
As they were boarding, he heard one of the passengers ask the crew if they had partied too much the night before. The passengers laughed, and they continued boarding.
“He said it jokingly, and I didn’t really think much of it, personally,” he said.
When they got on the flight, the pilot made an announcement that the crew would be taking a drug test because of what the passenger had said. Then they waited, for an hour and a half, and eventually deplaned while the test was administered.’
The crew passed the drug test and the man who made the comment was not allowed back on the flight.