Sober up before boarding

Monday, February 19, 2007 at 6:41 | Posted in Alcohol, traffic, USA | Leave a comment

A drunken driver named Dana Papst killed himself and five other persons on a road near Santa Fe. He had earlier taken a flight from Phoenix to Albuquerque and was reportedly drunken already as he boarded the flight. He continued to drink whiskey during the flight.

All of this is unfortunate, especially so regarding the innocent family who lost five of their loved ones. But having said that, I am not sure that I would agree with New Mexico’s government which is debating the airlines’ right to serve alcohol to passengers. In this part of the World, we are not in the habbit of allowing intoxicated persons on aircrafts.

If Dana Papst had been stopped in Phoenix instead of letting him board the plane, he and five other persons would probably still be alive. A drunken air passanger is almost as dangerous as a drunken driver. If drunken persons were not allowed on board, the question of allowing alcohol sales on board would not be crucial.

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