American Airlines flight attendant fined after reportedly showing up drunk

A flight attendant from Dallas was fined after she was accused of showing up to work an American Airlines flight four times over the legal drinking limit. 

Flight attendant Cynthia Struble, 64, reportedly arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport on Dec. 28, 2018, ready to board a 9:30 a.m. flight headed to Dallas and was found to be intoxicated, according to British media outlets The Independent and The Daily Mail.

Struble’s case was heard May 7 in Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in Britain, according to The Independent.

A security officer said she stopped a uniformed Struble after smelling alcohol on her breath as she made her way through the security line.

“I started to engage in conversation with her, and as she was talking I could smell alcohol strongly,” security officer Angela Klaire read from a statement. “I talked to her more and definitely could smell alcohol. It was very strong.” 

Prosecutor Cheiran Mondal told the court: “The result came back in a toxicology report. This confirmed 93 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood – the legal limit being 20.” This translates to roughly a blood alcohol level of .09, with the legal limit for flight crew members being .02.

The “bottle-to-throttle rule” is the amount of alcohol pilots and crew members can have in their system eight hours before takeoff. The United Kingdom limits are some of the strictest in the world.

Struble was arrested at the airport. 

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Struble’s defense lawyer, David Sonn, tried to argue this week that she was not performing any of her flight-attendant duties at the time.

Struble was found guilty of being over the limit and was fined over $1,300. 

“At American Airlines, safety is our highest priority. American is aware of an incident involving a member of its crew at London Heathrow in December 2018,” the airline said in a statement to USA TODAY. “We continue to cooperate with local law enforcement.”

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