California woman kicked off from flight after accusing captain of drinking

August 6th, 2010 - 2:45 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, August 06 (ANI): A Southern California woman was asked to disembark the Delta Airlines flight after she complained that she has smelled alcohol on the captain’s breath.

Cynthia Angel said the incident occurred on July 19 as she was trying to travel home to Southern California from Georgia.

Angel, 51, said the trouble occurred after she and three other passengers had a brief conversation with one of the pilots of Delta Airlines Flight 2355.

She learned later that the pilot was actually the captain of the flight.

Angel said the captain spoke to her and the three other passengers.

After he walked away, said Angel, another passenger asked if they had smelled alcohol on the pilot’s breath.

Angel said she volunteered to talk with the head flight attendant once aboard the plane.

“I told her that I didn’t know what protocol is, but I believe I smelled alcohol on one of the pilots’ breath,” the NBC News quoted Angel as saying.

Angel said the flight attendant immediately talked to another pilot who was in the cockpit getting ready for departure.

Angel said the pilot informed her that it was the captain of the flight who spoke with her. He assured her that the captain had not been drinking.

But Angel said that 20 minutes later, a Delta Airlines manager came aboard the flight and asked her to follow him off the plane.

“The manager wanted to hear what I had told the flight attendant. He then told me the captain took a test that proved he did not have anything to drink,” she added.

Angel said the manager then thanked her and she returned to her seat on the plane. At this point, she thought it was over.

“About 20 minutes later, the Delta manager returned with a female colleague and they asked me to gather my belongings and follow them off the flight. I was so embarrassed,” she said.

Angel said she followed them back into the airport. She was led into a nearby office where she was told again that the pilot had tested negatively for alcohol.

“They told me they take these accusations very seriously and that the captain and his crew did not want me on his flight,” she added.

Angel said Delta gave her meal and hotel vouchers, and said she could come back in the morning to take another flight back to Los Angeles.

“All I did was voice my concerns. I wasn’t a threat to anyone and for them to remove me was wrong,” Angel added. (ANI)

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