Attendant Nancy Bray, 58, was scheduled to fly Delta Connection Flight 6095 to Detroit, operated by Chautauqua Airlines. According to WLEX news in Lexington, the airline called for medical assistance and an officer determined Bray was intoxicated.
Police arrested Bray and charged her with aircrew member under the influence and possession of a controlled substance not in its container, WLEX reported. Bray pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday and was released on bond.
Prescription narcotics were found "throughout Mrs. Bray's property in other than original container," the court documents were reported to say, as she was booked in Fayette County Detention Center.
The legal limit for any commercial flight crew member is 0.04% BAC and crew members cannot consume any alcohol within eight hours of a flight, according to Kentucky law. Bray, who the TV station says was arrested for DUI in Florida in 2010, recorded a .258 blood alcohol level.
Delta released this statement after Bray's arrest:
"Delta is aware of reports of the arrest of a Chautauqua Airlines flight attendant for alleged public intoxication prior to the departure of Delta Connection flight 6095 from Lexington to Detroit late Tuesday afternoon. Delta will support any investigation by law enforcement in concert with Republic Airways Holdings, parent company of Chautauqua. Delta expects consummate professionalism from all parties who are entrusted with the care of transport of our customers, no matter which carrier may be operating their flight."
Being under the influence is not necessarily grounds for losing one's job, based on previous cases reported by AOL Jobs.