Wasted flight attendant results in cancellation of Grand Forks to Minneapolis flight

A Grand Forks to Minneapolis flight was canceled yesterday afternoon because a flight attendant was drunk. Really, really drunk.

According to a police report obtained by the Grand Forks Herald, the attendant, a resident of the Twin Cities area whose name hasn't yet been released, had a blood alcohol level of .186 -- more than four times above the FAA's allowed limit.

The woman has been relieved of her duties pending the completion of Pinnacle Airlines' internal investigation.

According to the report, the drunk attendant worked a Minneapolis to Grand Forks flight earlier in the day. Her boozy behavior was noticed by a passenger, who alerted the pilot.

Police arrived to deal with the incident once the plane landed. An officer noted that the woman smelled of booze and couldn't even spell her own name. Since she was supposed to be the only flight attendant on the return trip to Minneapolis, that flight was canceled, and passengers were placed on other Minneapolis-bound planes.

Though no booze was served during the flight, a search of the plane found three empty "sampler-size" 50-milliliter bottles of Skyy Vodka. A policeman noted that the vodka bottles gave off the same odor as the attendant's breath, indicating that Grand Forks officers have extremely keen olfactory capabilities.

Anyway, the incident would be more disturbing if it was the pilot who was flying drunk. A boozed-up flight attendant? Sounds like that could possibly make the trip more entertaining, assuming she doesn't spill a soda on you.

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