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    Pilot, hostess caught in Air NZ drinking row
    By Vaimoana Tapaleao
    4:00 AM Tuesday Feb 23, 2010

    A major row has broken out between Air New Zealand and the police after claims of drink-driving staff and a drinking culture.

    A pilot, a flight attendant and mechanics are among those caught drinking and driving - two while on their way to work.

    The pilot was 2 times over the legal limit when he was stopped by a booze bus. It was the fourth time he had been caught drink-driving.

    In an internal email in December, referring to a meeting with the airline 18 months earlier, the head of Waitemata road policing, Superintendent John Kelly, dubbed the behaviour "an apparent drink-drive problem" within Air NZ.

    He also told national road policing manager Paula Rose that police and Air NZ needed to "try and address what may be a culture which accepts alcohol consumption, prior to working, as acceptable".

    He warned "this may be the tip of the iceberg".

    Internal police documents released to TV3 showed there were at least six incidents of drink-driving involving a total of four Air NZ staff between 2007 and last year.

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    Hi MB

    That is quite a worrying article

    Not only in the fact it is a pilot but that someone has been caught drink driving 4 times and is still allowed to drive

    I thought NZ had strict driving laws

    Francis

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    Quote Originally Posted by MotherBear View Post

    A pilot, a flight attendant and mechanics are among those caught drinking and driving - two while on their way to work.



    It's which two that were on their way to work that worries me most, particularly if it was the pilot. Doesn't bear thinking about. If something went wrong in the air, he could be much slower to respond than someone who hadn't been drinking. Drink can affect judgement as well. Oh dear, and there's me about to take a long haul flight to NZ. Thankfully not with Air NZ but who knows if this sort of thing is going on in other countries.
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