Man Arrested For Driving After Drinking On A US Airways Flight

We need to figure out how to make airports more entertaining. After drinking at Phoenix International Airport and again on his US Airways flight, Ernest Wright, 49, of Albuquerque, got in his car and drove away. He was arrested with a blood alcohol level of .16 and charged with aggravated DWI. (We suppose he told himself, “If it’s good enough for CEO Doug “Dear Jerry, I’m Taking Your Airline” Parker, it’s good enough for me!”)

So you’re asking yourself, why is this news? Back in November, another drunk passenger from a US Airways flight drove after being over served on that airline and killed 5 members of a Las Vegas family when he “drove the wrong way on Interstate 25.” It was later found that US Airways did not have a valid liquor license.

The airline has since applied for a temporary license and are serving alcohol while they wait for approval in New Mexico.

Remember to watch how much you have to drink when traveling. It’s long. It’s boring. There’s no food. Don’t get to a place where you can’t drive yourself home. The report said the driver in question had been served two small bottles of whiskey on top of whatever he’d had at the airport. If you’re going to drive home, perhaps that’s a bit too much. —MEGHANN MARCO

Police: Drunken driver served on flight [The New Mexican]
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