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Flight attendant arrested and sacked for being 'wasted' on the job

Flight attendant arrested and sacked for being 'wasted' on the job

The incident occurred on an August 2 flight from Chicago to South Bend, Indiana on a United Express airplane operated by Air Wisconsin.

49-year-old Julianne March of Waukesha was arrested for public intoxication after passengers say that she couldn't walk straight.

A passenger called Aaron Scherb told ABC News that he clocked March leaning against the galley and making "slurred" security announcements.

"All the passengers seem to recognise it too".

A police report obtained by the network stated she required assistance to stand, had bloodshot eyes and wrongly answered "Chicago" when asked where she was. United Airlines apparently didn't get the memo because the woman was sacked and subsequently charged with endangering passengers.

Scherb also told Fox News, "I would hope that United Airlines and Air Wisconsin treat this person as an employee, not as an expendable commodity and that they will help her get treatment for addiction if that's in fact what she suffers from". Nevertheless, he said he has not accepted the bid.

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Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, chimed in on the story, WISN-TV reported.

She had been the only flight attendant on board for the journey. Her next court date is scheduled for August 29. She's now facing up to six months in jail, a spokeswoman for the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office told the paper.

The airline offered Scherb a partial refund, a $500 voucher or 25,000 free air miles.

Air Wisconsin told the Belleville News-Democrat that March is no longer an employee of the company.

"In the aviation industry, safety comes first, and we always take swift action to correct when there's something that's unsafe", Nelson said.

"We are investigating the situation and fully co-operating with the local authorities", the regional airline said. On July 31, a Delta Airline pilot was arrested in Minnesota and accused of being drunk. Her blood alcohol level was 0.20%, according to ABC News. "You may already know this was not a United flight attendant or crew", United said in a statement to CNN.


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