Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Pilots would take breathalyzer before they fly out of New York airports under bill by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz

ALBANY - A state lawmaker from Brooklyn wants to make sure boozed up pilots don’t get the chance to fly out of New York airports.

Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, a Democrat, said he will introduce legislation to require pilots departing from New York airports to take a breathalyzer test before they get behind the controls.

"The life and safety of pilots, flight attendants and the flying public must be protected,” Ortiz said.

Ortiz cited recent media reports of pilots flying drunk as the reason for his bill, including incidents in which an American Airlines pilot flunked two sobriety tests before his flight from Detroit and an Alaska Airlines pilot who flew a commercial plane from California to Oregon and back again while reportedly drunk.

Ortiz is known as one of the Legislature’s most prolific bill writers. He’s previously proposed legislation that, among other things, would have banned restaurants from using salt in their food and required skiers to wear crash helmets.

Source:  http://www.nydailynews.com

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