Brit air steward, 48, is jailed for 60 days in Norway for turning up for work on SAS Scandinavian Airlines plane reeking of booze before flight to London
- Christopher Smith turned up for flight from Oslo to London smelling of alcohol
A British air steward has been jailed for 60 days in Norway for coming to work reeking of booze before a flight to London.
Christopher Smith, 48, turned up to work on an SAS Scandinavian Airlines flight from Oslo to London smelling of alcohol and strong perfume, after which his concerned colleagues called police.
Officers at the scene breathalysed the Briton, who admitted that he had a ‘couple of pints’ the night before, the Sun reports.
Smith’s breath test came back with 0.74 micrograms of alcohol per litre of air, with the legal limit being 0.01 micrograms.
He told a court in Lillestrom, Norway, he had no memory of September 14, the day of the flight, and the night before after suffering an epileptic fit that day.
Christopher Smith (pictured), 48, turned up to work on an SAS Scandinavian Airlines flight from Oslo to London smelling of alcohol and strong perfume, after which his concerned colleagues called police
Airline SAS told the Sun that Smith will face disciplinary actions, which could include dismissal
His lawyer added that Smith’s memory has still not returned and he can’t remember how he got to the airport in Oslo.
During a court appearance on November 7, Smith pleaded guilty to reporting for duty while intoxicated.
The court said that readings indicated that the air steward, who previously worked for British Airways, was more intoxicated than he said.
Airlines like SAS have a strict zero tolerance policy in place in regards to drinking for staff members and the court said there were no excuses for intoxication at work.
‘There is a significant potential for danger when cabin crew members who are not sober … in emergency situations, even if these rarely occur,’ the judgement read.
Police reportedly suspected Smith used aftershave to mask the fumes of the booze, resulting in the strong perfume smell his colleagues also noticed.
Reporting to duty while intoxicated carries a 75-day jail sentence, but this was reduced to 60 days due to Smith’s ‘full confession’ to police.
Airline SAS told the Sun that Smith will face disciplinary actions, which could include dismissal.
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