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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : hnl|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Controlling Facilities||tower : lax|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport, Low Wing, 2 Recip Eng|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
ground : preflight
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
pilot : atp
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 300|
flight time total : 3700
flight time type : 1000
|Function||oversight : supervisor|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
Before boarding passenger on my flight, the ticket agent came to me and told me one of the passenger was acting as if intoxicated. After viewing the passenger's erratic behavior and public drinking, I determined he was intoxicated. I notified the director of operations that I would not board this passenger because of his intoxicated condition. The director of operations asked the ticket agent her opinion about the passenger. The agent said she would not board this passenger. The director of operations talked to the passenger. After talking to passenger, the director of operations told me to board this passenger. This was in violation of far 135.121(C) 91.3(right). During the flight the passenger tried to leave his seat 3 times. He also ripped a window curtain and harassed a female passenger. The reason I boarded this passenger was for fear of losing my pilots position. I think this goes on in the industry quite often. Making money for the company seems to be their only concern, not safety. After this experience, I will never board an intoxicated person, even if I lose my job. I think this can be prevented by adhering to the far's and refusing to be intimidated by one's employer.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: COMMUTER PLT COMPLAINT THAT HE WAS COERCED BY COMPANY SUPVR INTO BOARDING AN INTOXICATED PASSENGER.
Narrative: BEFORE BOARDING PAX ON MY FLT, THE TICKET AGENT CAME TO ME AND TOLD ME ONE OF THE PAX WAS ACTING AS IF INTOXICATED. AFTER VIEWING THE PAX'S ERRATIC BEHAVIOR AND PUBLIC DRINKING, I DETERMINED HE WAS INTOXICATED. I NOTIFIED THE DIRECTOR OF OPS THAT I WOULD NOT BOARD THIS PAX BECAUSE OF HIS INTOXICATED CONDITION. THE DIRECTOR OF OPS ASKED THE TICKET AGENT HER OPINION ABOUT THE PAX. THE AGENT SAID SHE WOULD NOT BOARD THIS PAX. THE DIRECTOR OF OPS TALKED TO THE PAX. AFTER TALKING TO PAX, THE DIRECTOR OF OPS TOLD ME TO BOARD THIS PAX. THIS WAS IN VIOLATION OF FAR 135.121(C) 91.3(R). DURING THE FLT THE PAX TRIED TO LEAVE HIS SEAT 3 TIMES. HE ALSO RIPPED A WINDOW CURTAIN AND HARASSED A FEMALE PAX. THE REASON I BOARDED THIS PAX WAS FOR FEAR OF LOSING MY PLTS POSITION. I THINK THIS GOES ON IN THE INDUSTRY QUITE OFTEN. MAKING MONEY FOR THE COMPANY SEEMS TO BE THEIR ONLY CONCERN, NOT SAFETY. AFTER THIS EXPERIENCE, I WILL NEVER BOARD AN INTOXICATED PERSON, EVEN IF I LOSE MY JOB. I THINK THIS CAN BE PREVENTED BY ADHERING TO THE FAR'S AND REFUSING TO BE INTIMIDATED BY ONE'S EMPLOYER.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 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.