LIALPA not Satisfied with No Action Approach Against Disruptive Passenger

Written by on December 30, 2016

The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) says it is not satisfied that no action was taken against a passenger who disrupted a flight after wrongfully accusing one of its pilot’s of being intoxicated.

In early December, a delayed Liat 769 flight from Barbados to St Vincent was cancelled following accusations of the pilot being drunk, however lab result showed later that there were no drugs, including alcohol, in the pilot’s system.

In a LIAT Press statement, the company strongly refuted the allegations against the pilot, and also noted the pilot’s voluntary submission of independent medical testing showing negative results.

However, LIAPLA says they are not satisfied that no findings or action
was taken by any airport or other authority on the passenger’s allegation.

In a media release issued on Thursday, LIALPA said that they were never in doubt that their Pilot was innocent of the mischievous allegation and that they stand unequivocally in support of their Pilot. The association said they will do whatever is necessary to protect their pilot’s reputation and will explore all avenues in doing so.

“We await the Company informing us of the actions it will take against this disruptive passenger and we are confident that LIAT will react appropriately,” the release said.

The association says that the travelling public can be assured that they are always committed and dedicated to serving at the highest professional levels.

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