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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : fll.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B737-300|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||ground : pushback|
ground : parked
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 250|
flight time total : 6000
flight time type : 1800
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Anomaly||cabin event : passenger misconduct|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other flight crewb
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Problem Areas||Cabin Crew Human Performance|
Flight Crew Human Performance
Passenger Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Passenger Human Performance|
After pushing back from gate; we were informed during the start of engine #1 that a passenger in the front row had commented that one of the pilots had smelled like alcohol. We shut down the engines and returned to the gate to question the passenger. We were met by station personnel trained to handle these sits. The passenger; who pre-boarded in a wheelchair; showed no difficulty walking into the jetway to answer our questions. She denied making any comments about alcohol and said she was joking. Another passenger told us she had made comments to the effect that one of the pilots had been drinking; but it was a joke. I informed them both that such comments had to be taken seriously and that we (the pilots) had not been drinking. The captain contacted the chief pilot regarding the situation. They agreed to have trained alcohol observers from the station certify our sobriety. This was done in the jetway; we re-entered the plane and departed without incidents. The passenger involved in making the comments were offered alternate flight arrangements; if they felt uncomfortable with our ability to safely fly. Once again; they said it was all a joke and chose to continue.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B737 FLT CREW HAS PAX SUGGEST THAT ONE OF THE PLTS SMELLS OF ALCOHOL. FLT CREW IMMEDIATELY RETURNS TO GATE AND HAS QUALIFIED PERSONNEL CERTIFY SOBRIETY.
Narrative: AFTER PUSHING BACK FROM GATE; WE WERE INFORMED DURING THE START OF ENG #1 THAT A PAX IN THE FRONT ROW HAD COMMENTED THAT ONE OF THE PLTS HAD SMELLED LIKE ALCOHOL. WE SHUT DOWN THE ENGS AND RETURNED TO THE GATE TO QUESTION THE PAX. WE WERE MET BY STATION PERSONNEL TRAINED TO HANDLE THESE SITS. THE PAX; WHO PRE-BOARDED IN A WHEELCHAIR; SHOWED NO DIFFICULTY WALKING INTO THE JETWAY TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS. SHE DENIED MAKING ANY COMMENTS ABOUT ALCOHOL AND SAID SHE WAS JOKING. ANOTHER PAX TOLD US SHE HAD MADE COMMENTS TO THE EFFECT THAT ONE OF THE PLTS HAD BEEN DRINKING; BUT IT WAS A JOKE. I INFORMED THEM BOTH THAT SUCH COMMENTS HAD TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY AND THAT WE (THE PLTS) HAD NOT BEEN DRINKING. THE CAPT CONTACTED THE CHIEF PLT REGARDING THE SIT. THEY AGREED TO HAVE TRAINED ALCOHOL OBSERVERS FROM THE STATION CERTIFY OUR SOBRIETY. THIS WAS DONE IN THE JETWAY; WE RE-ENTERED THE PLANE AND DEPARTED WITHOUT INCIDENTS. THE PAX INVOLVED IN MAKING THE COMMENTS WERE OFFERED ALTERNATE FLT ARRANGEMENTS; IF THEY FELT UNCOMFORTABLE WITH OUR ABILITY TO SAFELY FLY. ONCE AGAIN; THEY SAID IT WAS ALL A JOKE AND CHOSE TO CONTINUE.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.