Opinion: One thing that has never previously crossed my mind is the pilot of a commercial plane being drunk in charge.
Somehow it always seemed that a pilot would be a good risk.
You board the plane and perhaps have a little anxiety about a possible mechanical fault or terrorist attack but never about a pilot not fit for purpose.
After a German wings airbus was allegedly downed by a suicidal or homicidal maniac of a pilot called Andreas Lubitz you tend to asusme any potential negative loopholes have been tightly closed.
Perhaps the fact that a pilot who was drunk in the cockpit was arrested shortly before take-off in Canada is somewhat reassuring. At least the plane did not take him off with him as pilot.
Later the "37-year-old man was found to have more than three times the legal limit of alcohol in his body" reports BBC news.
The Sunwing budget airline plane later left Calgary for Cancun, Mexico, but with a different pilot.
With more than 100 people on board there was potential for a terrible tragedy.
The incident happened in the morning, local time, Saturday.
The pilot was reported to be acting strangely by airport staff and was found slumped over a seat in the cockpit.
Once sober enough the pilot will be charged, appear in court and be named publicly.
An official airline spokesperson said "It had all the potential for a disaster but I'll tell you this much — the likelihood of a pilot on a major airline like this actually being able to take off when they're impaired like that is pretty slim, because there's a lot of checks and balances. There's the other flight crew and there's gate crew and they're all about safety" which is is good news.
But is it time to breathalyse and or drug test pilots even if only randomly?
The flight business is all about confidence and even just one incident like this hits that for six.