Pilots’ bad breath arrests prompt hygiene review

Stephen Moyes of The Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk) writes about two pilots whose bad breath put their own and the airline’s reputation on the line. They were taught to be drinking on the job when it was only a bad case of halitosis. This just shows how important fresh breath is on the job, whether on land or on air. Have they been gargling with alcoholic mouthwash? For fresh breath that cannot be confused for alcohol breath, the best solution is Therabreath Oral Rinse. It is non-alcoholic and contains Oxyd-8 — a powerful oxygenator that effectively attacks and neutralizes the volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath odors and bitter tastes.

An airline wants cockpit crew to freshen up their act – after it turned out two pilots accused of being drunk on duty just had bad breath. Virgin Atlantic now fears the oral hygiene of its flying staff is jeopardising its reputation.

Twice police have been called to a flight minutes before take-off following reports of drunk pilots. Hundreds of passengers watched aghast as the cockpit member was escorted off the jet in handcuffs.

An incident at Heathrow in April was investigated but the pilot later cleared when – according to a Virgin spokeswoman – he was found to suffer from halitosis.

But the airline was rocked again last month when police led a 42-year-old first officer away from a Miami-bound A340-600. The 266-passenger plane was taxiing towards the runway when another airline worker raised the alarm after reportedly smelling alcohol on his breath.

He was arrested under Section 94 of the Railways and Transport Act 2003 but again tests revealed he was simply suffering from halitosis.

A Virgin source said: “It’s more than a little embarrassing for this to have happened twice now. It makes terrible headlines and might put off people flying with us. We are seriously considering ordering our pilots to freshen up in the cockpit in terms of their hygiene. We might even be forced to include mints as part of our compulsory uniform.”

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