Sobriety Test Delays Flight


NWA184 Flight Tracker
From San Diego Union-Tribune website.
Something you just don’t see every day. I wonder if the passenger who reported it was intoxicated themself?

Something really needs to be done about the debugging stuff. I see nothing in that article that isn’t on a normal English keyboard.


The single and double quotation marks are probably the stylized ones instead of the ones found on your keyboard.

SAN DIEGO - A Northwest Airlines flight was delayed from leaving Lindbergh Field by about 90 minutes Friday when the pilot and co-pilot volunteered to take sobriety tests, a spokeswoman for the airline said.

The incident began when a passenger on Northwest Flight 184 from San Diego to Minneapolis/St. Paul, whose gender was not identified, said he or she thought that the pilot and co-pilot had been intoxicated on a different Northwest flight on a different date, said airline spokeswoman Leslie Parker.

In an official statement on the incident, Northwest said: “In response to this, the crew (pilot and co-pilot) participated in self-selected sobriety tests. All results were negative.”

“They volunteered,” Parker said of the pilot and co-pilot. “They said, ‘We’ll take the tests.’”

Parker said the flight departed “without incident” from San Diego at 1:27 p.m. It was scheduled to leave at noon.

“The flight is in the air now, and I know the same crew that was on the ground is in the air with the flight,” Parker said.

Parker said she did not have further details on the incident because the plane was in the air, but acknowledged that a passenger making such a statement was unusual.

“It’s something I’ve not ever heard of before,” she said.

edit: It was the double quotes and the dash.


Also check the dashes. It may appear to be the dash found on your keyboard but it may be a em dash - the long dash.


OK…I’ll keep that in mind for next time. Thanks!


The pax should have been told the seat number of that passenger. I would have prayed for a chance to kick them down an airstair, especially if I missed a connecting flight.


I bet they took a cold shower. :open_mouth: :open_mouth:


I had always heard that you could delay/cancel a flight by joking about the flight crew being intoxicated, but I have yet to see a real example of such. Kinda suprising.