Drinking & Pimping: A Lousy Few Days For The Pilot Profession
The airline pilot profession got not 1 but 2 black eyes over the past few days – a drunken AA co-pilot was arrested on the tarmac at DTW Saturday as shocked pax looked on, and a UA flyer was arrested as the alleged mastermind behind a massive prostitution ring in HOU.
In the DTW incident, a transportation security agent was the 1st person to spot the pilot acting suspiciously, the station reported. Minutes before the flight was to take off, airport police were called.
Michael Conway, director of public affairs at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, told ABC News the pilot failed an initial field breathalyzer. After being arrested, he underwent a 2nd test, which he also failed.
“This is a serious matter and we are assisting local law enforcement and the Federal Aviation Administration with the investigation,” AA said in a statement.
The bizarre incident and frustrating confusion that followed was captured by some pax who had to put their spring break plans on hold.
Amanda Albrecht, a teenage passenger who snapped a photo of the handcuffed pilot — which she tweeted using the amusing hashtag #qualityhire — told WXYZ that she had not heard back from the airline.
“I honestly just couldn’t believe — I was speechless — that something like that could happen and, again, that he could get that close to the aircraft,” she told the station. “I kind of just wanted American Airlines to be like, ‘Hey, sorry, can we do something about it?’”
Meanwhile, UA high-flyer Bruce Wayne Wallis, 51, is accused of operating more than 6 prostitution houses, including 1 in an apartment block where former President George W. Bush used to live. Wallis allegedly charged women $400 a week to sell their services at the locations.
Wallis advertised sex services online and managed at least 20 prostitutes, the prosecution alleges.
UA said it is aware of the charges and is cooperating with authorities. Wallis has been taken off active duty, the airline said.