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United Tells Pilots No Alcohol for 12 hours before Flights

United Tells Pilots No Alcohol for 12 hours before Flights Photo: WDIO, File

Created: August 13, 2019 03:19 PM

United Airlines is setting an earlier cut-off time when pilots must stop drinking alcohol before flights.
    
The airline is telling pilots they must abstain from alcohol for 12 hours before flights, up from a previous ban lasting eight hours.
    
The change in the so-called bottle-to-throttle rule comes after two United pilots were arrested in Scotland and charged with suspicion of being under the influence before a flight to the U.S.
    
The old 8-hour limit complied with Federal Aviation Administration rules, which also prohibit pilots from flying with a blood-alcohol content at or above 0.04%.
    
A United Airlines spokesman says the new policy was sent to pilots a week ago and took effect last Saturday.
 

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