Readers of the Weekend Herald website would have been dismayed on learning:
Air NZ Crew too drunk for flight
But the story beneath the headline suggests the headline is bollocks.
There is no mention of the crew being “drunk”.
They had been drinking.
But even if aviators just sniff a bit of booze they are considered unfit to fly for several hours afterwards.
As Alf understand it, pilots legally must not drink less than eight hours before flying.
Many employers impose a more stringent limit of 12 hours.
Aviation industry people talk about 12 hours from bottle to throttle.