A former Air Wisconsin flight attendant is facing charges of criminal public intoxication after passengers aboard a regional flight last week raised concerns about her condition and one posted a Twitter video of her apparently slumped over in her seat.
Julianne March, 49, of Waukesha, Wisconsin was charged with the misdemeanor count in St. Joseph's County, Indiana, ABC News reports. She was working on an Aug. 2 United Express flight from Chicago to South Bend, Indiana with 50 passengers aboard.
United Airlines told the network Thursday that several passengers aboard the commuter flight had reported a flight attendant appearing to be intoxicated.
But the flight was operated by Air Wisconsin, and the crew worked for the carrier.
"The flight attendant involved in this incident is no longer an employee of the company," an Air Wisconsin representative told ABC News. "We will continue to cooperate with local authorities and assist them as necessary."
March was a probationary flight attendant and had been working only a few months. She was fired because she did not complete her provisionary period, a source told ABC.
According to court documents, police boarded the United Express flight after it landed in South Bend. March allegedly started crying and told officers she was in Chicago when they asked her current location.
She then was administered a Breathalyzer test, registering at 0.204, five times the legal limit for flight attendants, according to documents.
Under Federal Aviation Administration guidelines, the alcohol limit for all aviation-sensitive positions — including pilot, flight attendant, and mechanic — is .04.
"We expect our regional carriers to take appropriate action as required when issues like these happen with their employees," a United Airlines spokesperson told ABC. "Legally and with regards to regulatory agencies, this is an Air Wisconsin issue."
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