August 6, 2010
Posted: 05:53 PM ET
By Kristi E. Swartz
Cynthia Angel said she was on the July 19 flight preparing to leave Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when she and three other passengers struck up a conversation with one of the plane’s pilots, according to NBC-LA.
“ … the pilot walked by us, and I jokingly said, ‘Boy, you had been here a long time,’” Angel, 51, told NBC-LA. The flight’s departure out of Hartsfield had been delayed for almost an hour at that time.
The pilot - who was actually the captain on that flight - responded to Angel and the other passengers. When he walked away, another passenger asked whether anyone smelled alcohol on the pilot’s breath, NBC-LA said.
“We all agreed that he did smell of alcohol, but we didn’t know if he had been drinking or what we should do about it,” Angel told NBC-LA.
Angel said she volunteered to talk with the head flight attendant, saying, “I didn’t know what protocol is, but I believe I smelled alcohol on one of the pilots’ breath,” NBC-LA reported.
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