JetBlue pilot blows over the legal limit on breathalyzer test after he was removed from plane, authorities say

A JetBlue pilot blew over twice the legal driving limit on a breathalyzer test after he was removed from a plane in Buffalo on Wednesday morning, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority confirmed to CBS News in a statement. James Clifton, 52, was arrested and could face federal charges, the transportation authority said.

Clifton was passing through airport security at the Buffalo Airport when a TSA agent noticed he “may have been impaired,” the statement said. The agent contacted airport police, who removed him from the cockpit of the Fort Lauderdale-bound flight. He then blew 0.17 on a breathalyzer test, authorities said, which is more than twice the driving legal limit. Pilots are considered not fit to fly if their blood alcohol level is over .04, according to a brochure from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Orlando, Florida, man was taken into custody by airport police, the statement said.


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