Airline pilots that can’t help getting loaded (and other adventures).
Getting toasted while on a flight is never really a good idea, but that may ring especially true when you happen to be the airline pilot commissioned to flying the plane. Welcome to the sobering life (pun intended) of Erwin Vermont Washington, 51, of Lakewood, Colorado (never trust a man named after two East Coast States). The scoundrel was arrested moments before the United Airlines plane he was supposed to be piloting “on suspicion of performing an aviation function whilst exceeding the proscribed alcohol limit”. (That kids is a technical way of saying that Vermont was so loaded he had no idea whether he was airborne, ground-borne or just slobbering all over himself)
Arrested literally moments before he was set to depart London, (his flight being from Heathrow to Chicago with 124 passengers and 11 crew on board), Washington was said to have appeared to be so out of whack that it was recommended that he be administered an impromptu blood alcohol test. Of course, we do privately wonder what led to authorities deciding to suddenly administer an alcohol test. Was it the slobbering? Or the ardent smell of Washington’s favorite booze on his breath? Or just the way he kind of asked passengers to kindly fasten their seat belts as he giggled/ guffawed/moaned/heaved/belched in the background…?
In any event, passengers were politely asked to re-board another plane while Washington looked deep into the skies through the bottom of an empty liquor bottle.