FAA Alcohol & Drug Rules for Pilots

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Alcohol, Drugs and Pilots

FAA Alcohol & Drug Rules for Pilots

A pilot may not attempt to fly an aircraft or even attempt to be a crew member of a civil aircraft 1:

  • Within 8 hours after consuming alcohol;
  • While under the influence of alcohol;
  • While under the influence of any drug that impairs a person in a way which is is contrary to safety;
  • While having a blood alcohol concentration equal to or greater than 0.04 grams per decilitre of blood or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.

 

Passengers & Crew Members

A pilot of a civil aircraft may not even allow a person to board an aircraft as a passenger or otherwise if that person appears to be intoxicated or appears to be under the influence of drugs.  The law provides an exception in case of an emergency: TITLE 14--AERONAUTICS AND SPACE CHAPTER I--FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PART 91 GENERAL OPERATING AND FLIGHT RULES Subpart A, Sec. 91.17 Alcohol or Drugs (b) Except in an emergency, no pilot of a civil aircraft may allow a person who appears to be intoxicated or who demonstrates by manner or physical indications that the individual is under the influence of drugs (except a medical patient under proper care) to be carried in that aircraft.1

It seems hard to imagine an emergency that would allow a pilot to permit someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs to board the aircraft as a passenger.

It's not easy being a pilot.  See this police Complaint/Arrest Affidavit about two passengers who were arrested for assaulting a pilot who escorted them off the aircraft because they appear to be either intoxicated or on narcotic drugs.

 

General Operating and Flight Rules
Alcohol or drugs
1. 14 CFR 91.17 or Federal Air Regulation 91.17

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