British Airways Flight Attendants Go On Drunken Rampage On Flight, Report Says

Drinking yourself into a turbulence-resistant slumber is a ritual of many frequent fliers. But a handful of off-duty British Airways flight attendants apparently partook a little too liberally, reports Britain's The Sun newspaper. The employees purportedly chugged bottles of champagne and wine, and began shouting "like spoiled brats," according to passengers. Some said the attendants also were kissing.

The crew members were en route from London to Washington, D.C., to catch other flights, and decided to take advantage of the complimentary refreshments in the first-class and business-class cabins, The Sun said. They reportedly ran up and down the aisles, falling over, and preventing the airline's paying customers -- some of whom spend up to 7,500 pounds (or $11,000 USD) per seat -- from sleeping.

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After complaints, an on-duty employee apparently cut off the flight attendants' drink supply, which they did not accept gracefully.

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"We apologize to customers," a British Airways spokesman told The Sun. "We're investigating and will take any appropriate action."

More and more companies, particularly in the tech and media worlds, are letting employees drink during work hours. Yelp's headquarters has a keg refrigerator, and Twitter has a stash of both beer and wine. (AOL's New York office offers a regular beer break on Thursday afternoons.) But it seems that drinking at the office is best reserved for when customers aren't around, and trying desperately to sleep.

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Claire Gordon

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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.

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had a simular situation with three off duty female flight attendents from jet blue . given complimentry wine. they were inebreated by the time the flight arrived, at jfk

February 18 2013 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would love to live like people the more liberal UK!

February 17 2013 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Put me on that flight and turn up the music!

February 14 2013 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Whole European Nations are drinking During the working hours.
They are using wine as water.So as B. A flight attendant,its a cultural things,right?

February 14 2013 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Now if only Claire gets down and dirty with the attendents....

February 14 2013 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

if a paying customer did that on a airlines they would be in jail right now... how dare they take other lives in their own hands drunk.

February 14 2013 at 1:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Whether the flight attendants are off duty or not, the final authority on any commercial carrier is the PIC (Pilot in Command). Many of the air crew have to spend an off day deadheading to a destination in order to start two or three days, of almost continually scheduled of flights. The more "junior" they are, the more red-eyes and stand-by days they get. Drinking at altitude (a cabin pressure of 8,000 ft) can certainly lower alcohol tolerance. I'm not sure what constitutes a drunken rampage in a sardine packed airliner, but it is probably no different than a baby screaming or crying for a few hours, falling asleep and starting all over, or an obese person spilling over their seat and intruding into the 17 inch seat you paid for. I'm all for returning to smoking on aircraft. When smoking was allowed, cabin air turned over 3x a minute and with it, the germs from every cough and sneeze. Then the deadheading flight attendants could take a few hits of some good "couch lock" pot, and they'd be far happier and a lot less obnoxious. As to the rated flight crews, minimum 8 hours "bottle to throttle" and more reasonably 12 hours.

February 14 2013 at 12:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

the airline's paying customers -- some of whom spend up to 7,500 pounds (or $11,000 USD) per seat

$11,000 for a plane ticket? I don't think there is a 1st class seat worth near that much.

February 14 2013 at 12:40 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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not worth it but youi dont go over seas much thats cheap

February 14 2013 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I find this rather hard to believe companies having Booze on the site. Most companies are wise enough to realize supplying Booze on the job. Is opening themselves up to a lawsuit if the employee causes an accident.

February 14 2013 at 12:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Next time I fly BA

February 14 2013 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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